Tory referendum threats lead to rise in SNP membership


The SNP has revealed that David Cameron’s threat to grab control of Scotland’s independence referendum has resulted in a sharp rise in people joining the party.
According to figures released by the SNP Mr Cameron’s intervention resulted in over 150 online new membership applications in just one day.

Within a 24 hour period 157 people joined the party online – boosting the party’s existing 20,000 plus membership.

SNP Business Convener Derek MacKay said:

“David Cameron’s chaotic intervention has boosted support for independence and for the SNP and backfired badly for the anti-independence parties.

“With 157 people signing up on line yesterday and more arriving by post every day the enthusiasm of people across Scotland for independence and the SNP continues to grow.

“We reached a record 20,139 members at the end of 2011, with 4,000 new members signing up in the last 12 months.  This is an excellent start to the New Year and I warmly welcome all those who signed up to the SNP yesterday.

“The SNP set a target of doubling party membership by the time of the referendum and we are well on our way.

“From Selkirk to Shetland the SNP is Scotland’s party and we welcome anyone who wants to see the best for Scotland and who wants to play their part in taking Scotland forward.”