LABOUR yesterday dismissed reports the SNP have become Scotland's biggest political party.
The Nats made the claim following a surge in new recruits last year.
Party membership was 16,232 at the end of December - up four per cent on the same time last year.
SNP business manager Bruce Crawford said: "With over 16,000 members, the SNP are now the largest party in Scotland and are increasingly the natural choice of those wanting to build a better Scotland.
"Over the last seven years our membership has increased by 71 per cent.
"The year on year rises are a clear recognition of the success ...
Primary pupil decrease
LOCHEARNHEAD Primary School is being mothballed after its only two remaining pupils asked to move.
Stirling councillors were briefed on the situation as urgent business.
The 112-year-old school was saved from closure in summer 2007, when the SNP administration at Holyrood said it would not allow Stirling Council to axe the school and send its eight pupils to Strathyre instead.
Parents and protesters had submitted a 170-signature petition to stop the closure.
Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford and campaigners such as the local community council welcomed the reprieve but ...
MSPs have launched a challenge to the Labour government at Westminster to call an immediate General Election. The calls, led by the Scottish Conservatives, were made the day after the UK Government comfortably saw off a similar Nationalist challenge at Westminster. The SNP - with support from Welsh Nationalists - had led a Commons debate when Opposition parties failed by 72 votes to try and force an early General Election in the wake of the expenses scandal. In a debate, the parliament heard claims that an election is the only way to restore "faith" in democracy. Annabel Goldie, the Scottish ...