SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie, is today welcoming a new poll showing strong support for the SNP across the area – while Labour's position in the polls continues to suffer as a result of their toxic alliance with the Tories.

The Survation poll shows support for the SNP standing at 51 per cent in Central Scotland – while support for Labour has fallen to 25.1 per cent.

The General Election in May offers communities across Rutherglen and Hamilton West and Lanark and Hamilton East the chance to elect two SNP MPs who'll always put Scotland's interests first and fight against Westminster imposed austerity – rather than the Labour MPs, Tom Greatrex and Jim Hood, who voted along with the Tories for another £30bn of cuts.

Commenting, SNP MSP Christina McKelvie said:

"While we are taking nothing for granted and will be working hard for every vote, this is another very encouraging poll showing the SNP enjoying strong support across Central Scotland - while Labour are clearly paying the price for their toxic alliance with the Tories.

"Just last week, both of our two Labour MPs meekly voted along with the Tories for another £30bn of austerity cuts – so it is no wonder that so many of their former voters are putting their faith in the SNP as the only party who will always stand up for Scotland's interests.

"It's also clear that there is widespread support for the greatest possible devolution of powers to Holyrood. But the Westminster government simply isn't willing to give Scotland the powers we need to build a more equal society and more competitive economy – and that is why we need a strong team of SNP MPs elected next May to hold them to account, and ensure that they finally deliver on their Vow to Scotland.

"Left to their own devices, Labour would continue with austerity. With a strong group of SNP MPs holding the balance of power at Westminster, we can ensure that Scotland's voice is heard and use our influence positively to end austerity economics, free Scotland of Trident nuclear weapons, and secure the powers we need to build a fairer, more prosperous country."