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 ...
Alex Salmond set to stand for seat in Westminster - The Independent Daily News & AnalysisAlex Salmond set to stand for seat in WestminsterThe IndependentMr Salmond was leader of the party for 20 years over two separate terms, and had been the First Minister of Scotland for seven years when he was replaced by new SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon in October. He is no stranger to Westminster either, having ...Former Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond to run for UK parliament in 2015Daily News & AnalysisAlex Salmond announces candidacy for GordonSNP (press release)Alex Salmond eyes coalition role for SNP as he plots return to WestminsterThe GuardianCITY A.M.all 189 news articles »
Labour refuse to match £125m SNP commitment to NHS - SNP (press release) Labour refuse to match £125m SNP commitment to NHSSNP (press release)The SNP is today calling on Labour to clarify its position on funding for the health service – after the party's shadow health team refused to commit to spending £125m of health consequentials on the NHS. Yesterday, Deputy First Minister John Swinney ...and more »
SNP MSPs support small businesses across Scotland - SNP (press release) SNP MSPs support small businesses across ScotlandSNP (press release)SNP MSPs across Scotland are today supporting small businesses in their constituencies as part of FSB Scotland's Small Business Saturday – and are paying tribute to the role small enterprises play in local communities across the country. Almost 100,000 ...and more »
Radical Independence Campaign does dirty work for Scottish National Party - World Socialist Web Site stv.tvRadical Independence Campaign does dirty work for Scottish National PartyWorld Socialist Web SiteThe annual gathering of the Radical Independence Campaign (RIC) was a showcase for Scotland's various pseudo-left groups to offer their services as recruiting sergeants for the Scottish National Party (SNP). The 3,000 in attendance were led by the ...Polling analysis indicates biggest SNP leadSNP (press release)Leader: Who holds winning hand in Labour contest?ScotsmanThe social movement for independence and the crisis of the British stateInternational Viewpointstv.tv -Herald Scotland -Public Financeall 54 news articles »