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 ...
SNP hit out at Osborne's tax bombshell plan - SNP (press release) SNP hit out at Osborne's tax bombshell planSNP (press release)The SNP has joined senior oil industry figures in condemning plans for yet another ill thought-out tax on the industry, described as 'tax piracy' in today's Press and Journal. Maureen Watt MSP said that the Treasury's bareboat charter taxation plan ...and more »
SNP to lay out what happens after referendum vote - SNP (press release) SNP to lay out what happens after referendum voteSNP (press release)Speaking at a debate in London this evening (Tuesday) organised by the polling company IPSOS/Mori and Kings College, SNP Treasury spokesman Stewart Hosie MP will seek to correct some of the myths about the Scottish economy and demonstrate the ...and more »
Scottish National Party offers to take North East workers - The Journal The JournalScottish National Party offers to take North East workersThe JournalThe Scottish National Party has told the North East an independent Scotland would welcome its workers with open arms. The SNP said the region should see independence as offering an alternative to London's dominance over the North East, a claim few of ...and more »
First Minister's New Statesman speech in London - SNP (press release) International Business Times UKFirst Minister's New Statesman speech in LondonSNP (press release)"This is the second time in the last eight days that I've been next door to the UK Cabinet. Last week they paid a flying visit to Aberdeen while the Scottish Cabinet was in Portlethen a few miles away. This week I'm here in the heart of Westminster ...Scottish Independence: SNP's Alex Salmond to Tell Scots to Not Be Intimidated ...International Business Times UK5 Reasons Why Scottish Independence Would Be An Economic DisasterForbesNo 50p tax rate for Scotland says SalmondCITY A.M.New Statesman -Norfolk Eastern Daily Press -BBC Newsall 322 news articles »