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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The voting system used to elect MSPs to Holyrood should be replaced to stop parties like Alex Salmond's Alba movement from manipulating it, Willie Rennie has said. The Scottish Lib Dems leader wants future Scottish Parliament polls to use single transferable vote (STV), the same system used at council elections since 2007 which sees voters rank candidates by order of preference. His party also wants a return to Holyrood elections being held every four years instead of five and support the introduction of a recall function which could see misbehaving MSPs removed from office. Rennie claimed yesterday that Alba - a breakaway party launched last month - was attempting "a direct manipulation" by asking independence supporters to back the SNP in constituencies and Alba on the list vote. Salmond and his supporters argue that by following such a strategy a "super majority" of independence-supporting MSPs will be returned in May. Read More Related Articles Scottish independence 'essential' to long-term recovery from covid, says Humza Yousaf Read More Related Articles Alex Salmond's Alba Party announces more endorsements from senior SNP figures Rennie made the remarks after a poll published last weekend predicted that Alex Salmond’s new party will be elected to Holyrood as part of a huge majority of pro-independence MSPs. The Panelbase survey shows Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP on course for an overall majority - with the Greens and Alex Salmond's Alba party also securing significant representation. An analysis of the poll by Sir John Curtice of Strathclyde University put the Scottish Conservatives on 24 seats, Scottish Labour on 20 and the Liberal Democrats on five. Scottish politics Sturgeon 'can't wait' for jab Hairdressers and garden centres open Gordon Brown attacks SNP Find the candidates in your area Rennie said: "Alex Salmond has made it absolutely clear his sole purpose to support Nicola Sturgeon and to secure independence. "So Alba is basically the SNP in another name. To give credit to the Greens, they have another agenda. What they do is part of what the system was designed to do. "But what Alba is doing is a direct manipulation to gain a super majority rather than to pursue their own individual platform or agenda. And that's the difference. "They are deliberately trying to gain more seats than the system was designed to give that set of policies and beliefs.
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. "When people realise what is ahead they will turn back," he said. "The prospect of three nationalist parties arguing with each other - Alex Salmond arguing with Nicola Sturgeon on the floor of the parliament every week, of the Conservatives continuing their obsession with the constitutional issue. "What we have seen is a steady decline in support for independence. I think that will continue the more we see the dreadful prospect of Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon, and Douglas Ross in forever arguments between the different factions of the nationalist movement."
Rennie continued: "I think (IndyRef2) is looking less likely now than it was even a few weeks ago. "The polls are hiding is a softness in the SNP vote that I've not seen for years. They've not moved yet, but they're ready to move, and we're opening the door to them." "The difficulty with the Conservatives is their success in recent years is born out of just being opposed to independence and the SNP and very little else. "They need the SNP to succeed. They feed off of each other. So let's remove that tension, and let's try a progressive alternative." Kenny MacAskill, Alba's lead candidate on the Lothian list, said: "Even our political opponents are conceding that a list vote for Alba is the best way to elect the maximum number of independence MSPs at this election and to deliver the supermajority which will deliver independence. "There may well be a debate to be had about what voting system to use for Holyrood or in an independent Scotland but for this election if you want Independence it has to be a list vote for Alba".
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