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 ...
Queen on SNP success: 'Many more Scots in parliament' - Scotsman ScotsmanQueen on SNP success: 'Many more Scots in parliament'Scotsman“And she said 'but also many more Scots'.” Mr Hughes added: “No-one would have predicted a few years ago we would have 56 Scottish National Party MPs.” It would appear Her Majesty had become confused on the matter of Scots and Scottish MPs as ...The Queen Says 'Many More Scots' Are In Parliament After SNP Landslide ...Huffington Post UKQueen comments on SNP poll success as ex-MP Simon Hughes is knightedThe Courierall 7 news articles »
A rudderless hegemony - The Economist (blog) The Economist (blog)A rudderless hegemonyThe Economist (blog)I MISSED Nicola Sturgeon's final speech to the Scottish National Party (SNP) conference in Aberdeen today (I was mingling with the junior doctors at their protest in London; of which more soon). But reviewing its contents—and the conference that ...SNP conference: Sturgeon to commit party to vote against Syria interventionThe GuardianSNP Conference: Scottish National Party Wants To Embarrass Labour Over Trident ...Huffington Post UKScottish nationalist leader wants new referendum only if enough supportYahoo NewsBBC News -Business Insider -The Japan Timesall 759 news articles »
Scottish National party vows to make up tax credit cuts shortfall - Financial Times Financial TimesScottish National party vows to make up tax credit cuts shortfallFinancial TimesThe Scottish National party has committed to trying to make up losses that would be suffered by low-income people under tax credit cuts planned by the UK Conservative government. The SNP had come under increasing pressure to explain how it would act ...The SNP, not Labour, is the real Opposition in the CommonsTelegraph.co.ukScotland can totally ignore the Tories on tax creditsBusiness Insider AustraliaScotland's Independence Referendum ObsessionThe New Republicall 98 news articles »
Contradiction between pro-business policies and leftist rhetoric defines ... - World Socialist Web Site Tribble Agency (blog)Contradiction between pro-business policies and leftist rhetoric defines ...World Socialist Web SiteThe Scottish National Party (SNP) annual conference, held in Aberdeen last week, should have been a triumphal affair. After all, in last May's UK general election, the party had a landslide victory, winning all but three of the 59 Scottish ...Andrew Vine: Vindictive SNP urgently needs its wings clipping with English ...Yorkshire PostNHS Scotland spend on private firms rises to £82.5mHealthInvestorSNP must shut up on new poll, says ex-leaderTribble Agency (blog)WAGs World Cup -The Plannerall 121 news articles »