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 ...
Gordon Brown annoys his allies by fueling SNP quest for a Salmond Cameron ... - The Guardian (blog) The Guardian (blog)Gordon Brown annoys his allies by fueling SNP quest for a Salmond Cameron ...The Guardian (blog)And, say senior figures in the Scottish National party, he has breathed new life into their quest for a contest which Downing Street insist will never happen. The SNP plans to wait and see whether a sharp tightening of the polls in late summer might ...Brown must retract 'transparently false' claimsSNP (press release)The trouble with Gordon BrownNew Statesmanall 35 news articles »
Westminster risks undoing progress on homelessness - SNP (press release) Westminster risks undoing progress on homelessnessSNP (press release)A report published today by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has confirmed that the impact of Westminster welfare cuts – including the unfair Bedroom Tax - is likely to lead to an increase in homelessness in Scotland. The SFHA ...and more »
Growing number don't trust Westminster on powers - SNP (press release) The GuardianGrowing number don't trust Westminster on powersSNP (press release)The SNP is today calling on the people of Scotland not to be fooled by empty promises on further powers. This follows the revelation yesterday that only a third trust the No parties to deliver further powers – with a Panelbase poll finding 43 per cent ...SNP: 'The only way to deliver power is to vote yes'ITV NewsThe Scottish constitution shows what the UK is missingThe GuardianScottish independence will change Englandgulfnews.comGlasgow Evening Times -Scotsman -BBC Newsall 95 news articles »
School leaver positive destinations at record high - SNP (press release) School leaver positive destinations at record highSNP (press release)The SNP has welcomed positive new figures for Scotland's education sector which show record numbers of school leavers going on to positive destinations – and the number of schools meeting the PE provision target increasing dramatically in the last year.and more »