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 ...
Scottish independence: MPs set to 'pour scorn' on SNP finance plans - The Independent The IndependentScottish independence: MPs set to 'pour scorn' on SNP finance plansThe IndependentAn influential committee of MPs is set to "pour scorn" on two key financial claims made by the Scottish independence campaign this week. Plans by the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) to renationalise the Royal Mail north of the border would be ...The Games are over – now the political gloves can come off in GlasgowTelegraph.co.ukSalmond and Darling to go head-to-head in TV debateIrish Times'Smart Alex' Hopes TV Debate Will Turn Tide of Scotland VoteNaharnetThe Guardianall 190 news articles »
SNP MSP welcomes Pride Glasgow - SNP (press release) SNP MSP welcomes Pride GlasgowSNP (press release)"This is a great day for Scotland; this is the first annual Gay Pride Parade and Main Event in Glasgow since the Scottish Parliament voted for the equal marriage bill earlier this year - it is a celebration of the success the LGBT Community in Scotland ...and more »
Scotland's GDP per head £2300 higher than UK as whole, says SNP - The Guardian The GuardianScotland's GDP per head £2300 higher than UK as whole, says SNPThe GuardianNew Scottish National Party analysis of figures from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), released in March, "underlines how wealthy a country Scotland is", the party said. Scotland's gross domestic product (GDP) per head, ...Yes vote will see wealth harnessed to cut povertySNP (press release)Scottish wealth per head higher than UK: SNPPress TVScotland wealth per head higher than UK: SNPUKZAMBIANSall 21 news articles »
Former head of RBS slams No camp scaremongering - SNP (press release) Messenger NewspapersFormer head of RBS slams No camp scaremongeringSNP (press release)The SNP has welcomed the intervention of former RBS Chief Executive and Chairman Sir George Mathewson today – after he branded the No camp's claims on banking and currency as “nonsense.” Writing in today's Financial Times, Sir George Mathewson ...No campaign slammed on banks claimBelfast Telegraphall 29 news articles »