SNP most trusted to deliver new powers for Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon

Despite losing the referendum, the SNP and Nicola Sturgeon are the most trusted to deliver new powers for Scotland, a new poll reveals.

It’s been almost a month since Scotland’s referendum day when the country voted 55%-45% in favour of remaining in the United Kingdom.

In that time Alex Salmond has resigned as First Minister, and only a few days ago it was confirmed that Nicola Sturgeon is to replace him as she was unchallenged in her leadership bid.

As for who will replace her as deputy party leader and Deputy First Minister, there are three candidates confirmed. Stewart Hosie, Angela Constance and Keith Brown are standing for election. The vote will be decided by SNP members under a ‘one person, one vote’ system.

According to STV, a new TNS poll, released today, suggests that Nicola Sturgeon is the post trusted politician to deliver more powers for Scotland. A total of 24% said that they trusted her on the issue.

In second place, came Gordon Brown, showing how much the former Prime Minister is shaping the debate in Scotland, raising questions about him getting more involved in front-line Scottish politics. 15% said they trusted him the most to deliver new powers. Speaking on Sky News, Mr. Brown recently said that the Prime Minister’s plans for further devolution were “not radical enough”. He then went on to say that devolving corporation tax is not something that should happen and that under his suggestions Holyrood would end up raising "54%" of its revenue.

As for the current Prime Minister, David Cameron, only 6% of voters said they trusted him to deliver new powers for Scotland, whilst only 1% trust Ed Miliband on the issue.

However, over a quarter said they did not trust any politician to deliver on new powers. A total of 26% (two points more than those saying they trust Nicola Sturgeon) gave this answer, suggesting a lack of trust in politics.

As for the parties, 37% said they trusted the SNP the most to deliver new powers. 15% said Labour, 8% said the Conservatives and just 1% said the Liberal Democrats.

Despite losing the referendum, the SNP have managed to build on their loss and have increased their membership dramatically in the last month. The party now has well over 80,000 members, making them the UK’s third largest party.

What this poll suggests is that the party is still popular and is well trusted to deliver on new powers. It also shows the lack of trust in the Westminster politicians, apart from Gordon Brown, whose last minute speaches, in the lead up to referendum day, were seen as a vital part in holding the union together.

New powers will come to Holyrood, but in what form they will come is still uncertain as the parties battle to get their plans heard.