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 Labour could call the SNP's bluff on income tax - The Guardian The GuardianScottish Labour could call the SNP's bluff on income taxThe GuardianFew political forces understand this better than the Scottish National party. It has successfully portrayed the Scottish Labour party as the establishment, even though the SNP booted Labour out of power in 2007. It has cultivated an image of being ...Scottish Labour proposes income tax riseFinancial TimesScottish Labour, peering into the abyss, wake up and decide to do somethingSpectator.co.uk (blog)Neil McGarvey: 1p tax ploy didn't work for the SNP so it's unlikely to work nowThe NationalITV News -Express.co.uk -HITCall 160 news articles »
No sign of the SNP losing its lustre - BBC News BBC NewsNo sign of the SNP losing its lustreBBC NewsThey know that victory in the Scottish Parliament poll on 5 May is only a remote possibility, and that the likely outcome is an even bigger majority for the SNP which could then look forward to being in government until 2020, completing 13 years in ...Ex-nationalist leader says might back 'Brexit' to boost Scottish independence hopesReuters UKall 256 news articles »
In Scotland's new era, nothing can dent the SNP - New Statesman New StatesmanIn Scotland's new era, nothing can dent the SNPNew StatesmanIt was this date that the Scottish National Party designated as the moment when the country would formally secede from the UK. Had the Yes side won the referendum, the new state would have begun life in fraught circumstances. The price of oil, forecast ...and more »