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 ...
STUC address the SNP 56 - SNP (press release) STUC address the SNP 56SNP (press release)The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has today become the first external organisation to be invited to address the Scottish National Party's group of 56 MPs at the Westminster parliament. The meeting followed the SNP's strong opposition to the ...and more »
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SNP call on Labour to help scrap House of Lords - SNP (press release) SNP call on Labour to help scrap House of LordsSNP (press release)The Scottish National Party has called on the Labour Party to join efforts to scrap the unelected, undemocratic House of Lords as a new poll shows the overwhelming majority of Scots want to see it abolished. As part of the SNP's call for a progressive ...Scotland wants UK to scrap the House of LordsTimes of Indiaall 2 news articles »