Poll suggests Danny Alexander will lose

17 June 2014

Danny Alexander, MP (Parliamentary photo)

Danny Alexander, MP (Parliamentary photo)

A poll has revealed that Danny Alexander, M.P., may lose his Westminster seat in the May 2015 general election.

Lord Oakeshott of the Lib Dems commissioned a private poll which claimed that several leading Lib Dem MPs are on course to lose their seats in the next general election.  These include Danny Alexander, the MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, who was predicted by the poll to come third if the vote was held now.  The poll shows a fall from the 40% in 2010 to 16% now.

The Lib Dems were decimated in England in the European Parliamentary Elections and they lost their only MEP in Scotland.  This Lib Dem melt down suggests that there is opportunity for the Scottish Christian Party to win the Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency, but only if Christians will recognise and vote for the opportunity.

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John Finnie, MSP (Holyrood photo)

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The historical reasons for religious representatives on council education committees goes back to the 1872 Education Act when church schools were integrated into the state system.

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