In an election that is increasingly being dominated by politics, there is a sense that Labour and SNP have been pitted against each other for years.
Both parties have been in power for over three decades, with each winning an unprecedented mandate in a general election.
What makes the two sides so much at each others throats?
Labour’s position as the largest party is at the centre of the political debate.
It has won five consecutive elections, won a record number of seats and won a majority of seats in the House of Commons.
While the SNP is now in control of the Scottish Parliament, Labour has not lost a Scottish parliament since 1935.
But what has made the two parties so polarised?
As the election campaign gets underway, there has been a lot of talk about Labour’s policy on the economy.
What are Labour’s key policy areas?
The Tories have accused Labour of being “soft” on trade, while the SNP has called for a stronger role for Scotland.
The SNP’s Scottish policy has been criticised for failing to take account of the needs of working class communities in Scotland, which are more reliant on services from the rest of the UK.
As a result, there are calls to make more investment in infrastructure, which could help to bridge the gap between the south-east of England and the north-east.
There are also concerns about Labour and Scotland’s future economic partnership, as the UK’s economy relies heavily on the oil industry and the Scottish economy is heavily dependent on the services sector.
Who is the largest political party in Scotland?
There is a big gap between Labour and Scottish Labour, with the party’s Scottish branch winning less than 20% of the vote.
This is because the party is divided between supporters of Labour in Scotland and those who back the SNP in the rest, and there is also a difference in voting intention between supporters and voters in Scotland.
The gap between Scotland’s two main parties is so wide that a party that has a strong Scottish branch could win the majority of votes in the constituency.
However, if a Scottish Labour branch wins over enough voters, it could win seats in Parliament.
The SNP’s campaign to gain more seats in Westminster is based on its policy of opposing independence.
This stance has caused much consternation among supporters of the SNP, who fear that independence would lead to a worse Scotland than the UK today.
How is the Scottish vote going to be decided?
In an election, the winner of each constituency will be the largest overall party.
But the Scottish election is not a direct contest between the two major parties.
The winner will be decided by the “winner-take-all” system that has allowed voters to choose between all four major parties on a ballot paper.
In this system, a candidate is first chosen by the winner-take all system, followed by the other two parties.
Each party has won two consecutive elections by a margin of fewer than 5% of votes, so the final result will be based on those two parties’ combined vote share.
In order to have a chance of winning a seat, the largest parties need to win over around 50% of all voters in the next election, and each party needs to win more than a third of all votes.
So who is the biggest political party?
Labour is the UK party that currently holds power in Scotland; however, in the run up to the election, there was speculation that Labour would be the biggest party in the UK at the next general election, which is expected in 2020.
However, the party has since stated that it would not be campaigning for any seats in Scotland at the time of the election.
Scottish Labour’s candidate for the Scottish parliament, Joan Burton, is seen here with party members and supporters, in Glasgow, Scotland, April 11, 2021.
Why is the SNP so polarising?
Both the Labour and Liberal Democrats have a strong position in Scotland in terms of their electoral representation.
However the SNP and the Conservatives both have a huge number of votes compared to Labour in terms.
Many of the issues that the SNP have raised during the election have been dismissed by the Labour leader, Nicola Sturgeon, and others in the Scottish Labour party.
But there are a few things the SNP did right in the election that have not been mentioned.
Labour and the Lib Dems have promised to abolish tuition fees, which have been a key issue in the campaign.
Liberal Democrats have promised that a Liberal Democrat-led government would have the power to bring in a second Scottish parliament.
Although the Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron, has previously said that he would not support an SNP-led Scottish government, he has said that the party would be open to a Scottish-led first minister if there was a mandate for a second parliament.
The Conservatives have pledged to end the Trident nuclear deterrent.
The Lib Dems, Labour and Conservatives have all pledged to abolish the Trident