The Scottish Conservatives can easily beat Labour into second place at Holyrood. And this is why!
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Back in 2011, Ruth Davidson defied the odds and won a seat on the Glasgow regional list. A Scottish Conservative. In Glasgow. Who would have thought? The party won a mere 15 seats at Holyrood but claimed victory where it mattered. They remained on top in the Scottish Borders (mopping up easy Lib Dem prey) and held on to most of their constituency seats. But 15 seats still meant that the Scottish Conservatives were lagging behind the SNP and Labour – and still were as toxic as ever. Roll on 5 years and talk is rife that Ms Davidson will be Leader of the Opposition come May. But why? The answer: Scottish Labour. Since the wipeout of Scottish Labour last May, the humiliating resignation of Jim Murphy (who lost his seat in the bloodbath), and the promotion of lame duck Kezia Dugdale to leader, the Tories have rightly been baying for second place. The fact remains that many Labour voters are, indeed, moderate.
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