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 under fire over Forth Road Bridge closure - Financial Times Financial TimesScottish National party under fire over Forth Road Bridge closureFinancial Times... disrupting traffic and hurting business. Opposition parties have seized on cracked steelwork in a section of the Forth Road Bridge to highlight the consequences of maintenance spending cuts during the SNP's eight years in control of Scotland's ...and more »
Scottish nationalist Salmond vows controversy in radio phone-in - Yahoo News Yahoo NewsScottish nationalist Salmond vows controversy in radio phone-inYahoo News"I am looking forward to discussing all of the issues and taking calls from every corner of these islands," the former leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) said ahead of his debut on LBC, a London-based national talk and phone-in radio station ...Alex Salmond to host weekly phone-in on LBCThe GuardianVideo: Alex Salmond reads out mean tweets ahead of LBC radio phone-inTelegraph.co.ukAlex Salmond will 'shoot straight from the hip' on radio phone-in showGlasgow Evening Timesall 31 news articles »
Nicola Sturgeon urged to act over SNP MPs - Channel 4 News Channel 4 NewsNicola Sturgeon urged to act over SNP MPsChannel 4 NewsThe inquiry puts pressure on the leader of the Scottish National Party after two other SNP MPs were suspended last year, following police investigations into mortgage fraud and missing donations. The latest case involves MP Phil Boswell, who is alleged ...Despite new debates, the SNP still risks being seen as little more than style ...The IndependentSNP hit by another MP investigationFinancial TimesLetters to The National, January 6, Part 2: Scottish Labour are the true ...The NationalThe Guardian -Bloombergall 107 news articles »