LABOUR are currently 22 points ahead of the Conservatives in the polls, as considerably more people have said they are “certain” to vote in the General Election.

In the first YouGov poll since Rishi Sunak announced the General Election on Wednesday, Labour stand at 44% compared to the Conservatives on 22%.

The poll shows the SNP projected to win 3% of the vote. Meanwhile, Reform UK is on 14%, the Liberal Democrats on 9% and the Green Party on 6%.

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The survey was carried out between 23 and 24 May and asked 2072 adults from the UK.

It shows the Conservatives have gained one point since the last YouGov poll (held between 21 and 22 May), whilst Labour has lost two points.

In the last General Election in 2019, the SNP won just over 7% of the vote.

The poll found that the most noticeable change in voting intention has come from the number of people saying they are likely to vote.

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It showed a five-point increase in the proportion of people rating their likelihood to vote as a 10 out of 10, from 53% prior to the election announcement to 58%.

This includes a full 17-point increase in the number of 18–24-year-olds saying they are certain to vote.

In the last poll by YouGov, 35% of this age group had rated themselves 10/10 to vote. This figure now stands at 52%.

It comes as the first weekend of election campaigning is underway, with First Minister John Swinney, Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross, Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar and Scottish Liberal Democrats leader Alex Cole-Hamilton all out on the campaign trail.