The Scottish National Party (SNP; Scottish Gaelic: Pàrtaidh Nàiseanta na h-Alba, Scots: Scots Naitional Pairtie) is a social-democratic political party in Scotland, United Kingdom which campaigns for Scottish independence. The SNP is the largest political party in Scotland, in terms of membership, number of MSPs and local councillors.
The SNP was founded in 1934, and has had continuous representation at Westminster since Winnie Ewing's groundbreaking victory at the 1967 Hamilton by-election. With the creation of the Scottish Parliament in 1999, the SNP became the second largest party in the legislature, serving two terms as the main party of the Opposition. In the 2007 general election the SNP won the most seats in the Scottish Parliament for the first time, ...
Labour has accused the SNP of being "out of touch" when it comes to crime, saying most people think community service is a soft option.Justice secretary Kenny MacAskill wants to replace short-term jail terms, seen as costly and ineffective, with "tough" community sentences.But Scottish Labour pointed to figures suggesting that 74% of people think community service is a soft option.
A TYCOON who bankrolled the SNP's Holyrood election victory has used his charity to give £100,000 to an anti-abortion group. Brian Souter, the chairman of bus company Stagecoach, has handed over the sum to the Right to Life Charitable Trust. He has also given around £2million to develop Neuro-Electrical Therapy (NET), a controversial method of treating drug addicts. Souter aided the Nationalists' victory in 2007 with a £500,000 donation. The Christian businessman's social views became known in 2000 when he opposed the then Scottish Executive's policy of repealing Section 28, ...
Scottish Nationalists are hailing their "fantastic" European election victory in Midlothian. The SNP took almost 30 per cent of the vote to knock Labour into second place – reflecting the national trend. Scotland returned two SNP, two Labour, one Conservative and one Lib Dem MEP to the European Parliament.Local election agent Councillor Owen Thompson (SNP) said: "The Euro election result is a fantastic one for the SNP.Popular vote"A huge number of supporters have helped to make sure this result happened."For only the second time in history, the SNP has won the popular vote in Scotland ...
Scottish National party takes stewardship of two Commons committees - Financial Times The GuardianScottish National party takes stewardship of two Commons committeesFinancial TimesMike Weir, SNP chief whip, said he was “delighted” to have secured the chairs of the Scottish affairs and energy and climate change select committees as the third-largest party in the Commons, with 56 seats. “We will be seeing one of the major bills ...SNP confirms group rolesSNP (press release)Scottish National Party announces 35 Westminster rolesBBC NewsThe reinvention of the SNPThe GuardianTelegraph.co.uk -Business Green -Huffington Postall 170 news articles »
SNP secures Westminster debate on Trident safety - The Guardian The GuardianSNP secures Westminster debate on Trident safetyThe GuardianThe Scottish National party has secured an adjournment debate in the first week of the new parliament to ensure that allegations by Faslane whistleblower William McNeilly are not “swept under the carpet by the Ministry of Defence”. The newly appointed ...SNP win Commons debate over claims made by Trident whistleblowerThe NationalCommons to debate Trident safetyBarry and District Newsall 65 news articles »
Scottish National Party landslide shakes up UK politics - U.S. News & World Report U.S. News & World ReportScottish National Party landslide shakes up UK politicsU.S. News & World ReportPaisley and Renfrewshire South constituency winner Mhairi Black of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and Labour's Douglas Alexander react at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley, Scotland Friday May 8, 2015. Black, a 20-year-old student, becomes ...Scottish National Party Wins Landslide in UK Election 2015Wall Street JournalScottish Nationalist Party's Election Success Raises Possibility Of New ...Huffington PostScottish Nationalists Rejoice in Big British Election WinNew York TimesCNN -BBC Newsall 1,449 news articles »
SNP highlight need to strengthen Smith proposals - SNP (press release) SNP highlight need to strengthen Smith proposalsSNP (press release)Ahead of a debate later today in the Scottish Parliament, the SNP is highlighting the need to ensure the Smith Proposals are strengthened – following an all-party report which finds Scotland will lag behind other devolved regions on powers such as ...and more »