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 ...
Nicola Sturgeon comments on Tory 'EVEL' proposals - SNP (press release) Nicola Sturgeon comments on Tory 'EVEL' proposalsSNP (press release)"And there is to be a 'double majority' for the benefit of Tory MPs in England - but the Tories reject a double majority to stop Scotland being dragged out of the European Union against our will, as the 56 SNP MPs and others have proposed. "I have been ...SNP: rushing through English votes for English laws is democratic outrageThe GuardianSNP opposes law veto plan for English MPsNEWS.com.auall 187 news articles »
Robison - SNP will defend free prescriptions - SNP (press release) Robison - SNP will defend free prescriptionsSNP (press release)Around two million people - 40 per cent of the Scottish population - have a long term condition, and prior to the abolition of prescription charges approximately two-thirds of all paid-for prescriptions related to long-term conditions. These long term ...and more »
SNP table amendment to Scotland Bill - SNP (press release) Express.co.ukSNP table amendment to Scotland BillSNP (press release)“Labour's big problem is that they would prefer to see a Tory government, rather than the Scottish Parliament and people, making decisions on key measures like our welfare system and the minimum wage. That is an absurd position for the Labour party to ...Support for the SNP jumps after election triumph as six in 10 Scots back SturgeonExpress.co.ukSNP pushes for more powers in Scotland billFinancial TimesSNP tipped to follow General Election success with a 60% landslide in the ...Mirror.co.ukScottish Daily Recordall 234 news articles »
SNP propose welfare powers in Scotland Bill debate - SNP (press release) SNP propose welfare powers in Scotland Bill debateSNP (press release)Speaking in advance of further committee stage debates on the Scotland Bill at Westminster on Monday and Tuesday, Scottish National Party Leader Angus Robertson MP said that the SNP Group have tabled a series of welfare related amendments to ensure ...SNP warns Scotland could still vote for independenceThe GuardianSNP's FFA amendment is voted down by Labour and the ToriesThe Nationalall 117 news articles »