This election must be about the priorities of the people of Scotland. That means Covid recovery, jobs, the NHS and education.
We know what people’s priorities are from recent opinion polls.
In the latest data from Survation, when asked to pick the most important issues currently facing Scotland, most people said the Covid-19 response and public health, followed by the NHS and social care, the economy and jobs.
Constitutional affairs and independence was ranked far lower in tenth, prioritised by just 8 per cent of people.
But, time and time again, the focus of this election campaign has been another referendum. That is doing a disservice to voters.
Before the campaign got underway, three-quarters of voters said they wanted the election campaign to be about Covid recovery, the economy and public services ahead of the issue of independence.
Even among people who voted SNP in the last General Election, only one-in-four said independence should be the focus of the election campaign.
Throughout the campaign, we have been standing up for the people of Scotland and making the case for a focus on your priorities in the national and local media.
We have also been highlighting the SNP’s failings in government and the scale of the challenge ahead, for example with the number of Scots stuck on NHS waiting lists for more than a year rocketing.
This week, we have launched a billboard campaign to encourage people to vote for Scotland’s priorities.
Here are some photos of the billboards around Scotland today.
We know that independence is a priority for less than 10 per cent of Scots, and most people want their politicians to focus on the NHS, jobs, and Covid recovery.
But the SNP will use every vote it receives to attempt to divide Scotland once again, at the expense of the national recovery.
Our billboards also suggest voting tactically and using our interactive website, which can be found here.
If you do not want your ballot paper at this election to be used to divide communities, friends and families, you should consider tactically voting to stop the SNP in your constituency, and voting one of the three main Pro UK parties with your second party vote.