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 preparing for second independence referendum - Express.co.uk Express.co.ukScottish National Party preparing for second independence referendumExpress.co.ukIf the UK Government rejects the call for devo max – with all taxation and spending powers devolved to Holyrood – the SNP plan to use it as justification for another ballot on breaking up Britain. A senior party figure said yesterday: “The tactics for ...SNP back 'One in Five' campaignSNP (press release)Scotland Should Declare Independence if UK Leaves EU - SNP Ex-LeaderSputnik InternationalSNP's tartan army prepares for May's electoral battle at WestminsterGlobal TimesThe Conversation UK -Jewish Chronicle -Socialist Workerall 94 news articles »
Cameron Mocks Prospect of Labour-Scottish National Party Deal - Bloomberg BBC NewsCameron Mocks Prospect of Labour-Scottish National Party DealBloomberg(Bloomberg) -- The U.K. Conservative Party tried to exploit the opposition Labour Party's collapse in Scotland, one of its heartlands, by publishing an image of Labour's Ed Miliband in the pocket of former Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond ...Could the Scottish National Party run 'United Kingdom plc'?BBC NewsSNP vote will hand power to Tories warns Miliband at Scottish Labour ConferenceThe IndependentSir John Major tells Ed Miliband: Rule out coalition with SNP to save the UKTelegraph.co.ukSNP (press release) -The Guardian -Financial Timesall 853 news articles »
Blair bankrolls five Labour campaigns in Scotland - SNP (press release) Blair bankrolls five Labour campaigns in ScotlandSNP (press release)Labour's campaign in Scotland faces fresh embarrassment today – after it emerged that five Labour candidates are being bankrolled by Tony Blair. The discredited former Prime Minister is donating £1,000 to Labour campaigns in more than 100 seats across ...and more »
Information on Voter Registration - SNP (press release) (blog) Information on Voter RegistrationSNP (press release) (blog)If your name does not exactly match the name on your National Insurance records, for example if you use your middle name rather than your given name, you may be asked to re-register. For example we know that this has happened to some SNP MSPs.and more »