When I saw this, I was immediately surprised and then suspicious:
Labour 9 points ahead? Aye right, so they are! Then I looked at the Scottish sub-poll to see this!
Away! This is so out there it’s unbelievable. The trend in the last 12 or so sub-polls has put Labour below 20%, as low as 15%, and the SNP consistently over 40% but tending, in the last 7, to between 45% and 50%. Where did they get their sample? A care home for old/Old Labour Party members?
Who are Hanbury Strategy?
Of course, nearly all of the polling companies are profit-making businesses run and staffed by privately-educated Oxbridge graduates with elite connections but Hanbury seems especially ‘inside.’ See this from Financial News in June 2017:
‘As financial executives scramble for clarity on the new UK government’s Brexit plans, Barclays has joined a small club of City firms that have hired a little-known consultancy with ties to the highest echelons of British politics. The UK lender has become the latest financial institution to sign up for the advisory services offered by Hanbury Strategy, an unlikely partnership between Ameet Gill, the influential pro-Remain former director of strategy for Number 10 and a special adviser to then Prime Minister David Cameron, and Paul Stephenson, the pro-Brexit former communications director for campaign group Vote Leave.’
Gill has previously been reprimanded by the Office of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments for unapproved contacts.