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 on track for third term - SNP (press release) National GeographicSNP on track for third termSNP (press release)The Scottish National Party has welcomed a poll published in today's Mail on Sunday which shows it is on track to win a historic third term in Holyrood, and increase its support in next May's General Election. The Survation poll carried out on Friday ...From Referendum to Reconciliation—Can Scotland Heal Its Wounds?National GeographicSNP predicts third term victoryBelfast Telegraphall 16 news articles »
How SNP once kicked out 'royal hating' Salmond: Scottish National Party leader ... - Daily Mail Daily MailHow SNP once kicked out 'royal hating' Salmond: Scottish National Party leader ...Daily MailAlex Salmond was a leading member of a Republican faction that was expelled from the Scottish National Party in the 1980s. The 79 Group – named after the year in which it was formed – wanted to set up a Scottish Socialist republic and spent several ...Salmond has taken Scottish nationalists from margins to independence voteThe GuardianAlex Salmond defends party's acceptance of major donation from businessman ...The IndependentAlex Salmond: Taking money from an anti-gay marriage donor doesn't mean the ...PinkNews.co.ukSNP (press release)all 89 news articles »
Can the Scottish National Party Survive Scottish Independence? - The New Republic International Business Times UKCan the Scottish National Party Survive Scottish Independence?The New RepublicNo matter the result in Scotland today, the Scottish National Party (SNP) is undoubtedly at its finest hour. Led by Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, the party has gone from the fringes of Scottish politics to the cusp of achieving their almost ...SNP Welcomes 5000 New Members in Wake of Scotland Independence DefeatInternational Business Times UKNicola Sturgeon backed by former SNP leader Gordon Wilson to replace SalmondBBC NewsScottish National Party leader, defeated in referendum, calls it quitsDeutsche WelleIrish Independent -The Economist (blog) -The Straits Timesall 2,266 news articles »
Defeated Scottish National Party leader calls it quits - Deutsche Welle The GuardianDefeated Scottish National Party leader calls it quitsDeutsche WelleSalmond said he would not accept the nomination as leader of the Scottish National Party SNP at an annual conference in November. "After the membership ballot I will stand down as the first minister to allow the new leader to be elected," he said ...Scottish National Party: 5 Fast Facts You Need To KnowHeavy.comFirst Minister letter to voters – “let's do this”SNP (press release)Exclusive: Scottish nationalism and British nationalism aren't the sameThe GuardianThe Hindu -The Malay Mail Online -The Australianall 10,336 news articles »