SNP’s mem­ber­ship con­tin­ues its slide

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TOM GOR­DON

vote of 2014. In De­cem­ber 2013 it was 25,642. A year later it was 93,045, and 115,102 a year af­ter that.

In July last year, the SNP busi­ness con­vener Derek Mackay boasted the mem­ber­ship was a record 120,203, up 4,000 since the EU ref­er­en­dum.

“The in­cred­i­ble up­surge in SNP mem­ber­ship shows no signs of stop­ping,” he said.

“This in­crease in mem­ber­ship makes clear it is the SNP which peo­ple trust to stand up for Scot­land’s best in­ter­ests.”

But by De­cem­ber 2016, mem­ber­ship was 118,959, and it has kept fall­ing.

The Com­mons pa­per states: “There are around 118,000 mem­bers of the Scot­tish Na­tional Party, as of Au­gust 2017, ac­cord­ing to the party’s Cen­tral Of­fice. This was a slight de­crease com­pared to al­most 119,000 mem­bers in De­cem­ber 2016.” THE FM has also had to cor­rect the Of­fi­cial Re­port at Holy­rood af­ter a toe-curling blun­der. An Ed­in­burgh MSP asked her about a 10-year-old boy se­ri­ously in­jured by a mo­tor­bike in his con­stituency. Bad enough, you’d think, but Ms Stur­geon tried to kill the poor lad off. She twice re­ferred to a “tragedy” and of­fered her “sin­cere con­do­lences” to his fam­ily and friends. The tragedy has now been down­graded to an “in­ci­dent” in the of­fi­cial record, and the FM is of­fer­ing her “best wishes” to fam­ily and friends in­stead. Awk­ward. A FUNNY choice of speak­ers at the Global Eth­i­cal Fi­nance Fo­rum in Ed­in­burgh this week. Econ­omy sec­re­tary Keith Brown was pre­dictable, but Un­spun was puz­zled by a slot go­ing to Nat Lord Provost Frank Ross. Coun­cil­lor Ross is cur­rently the sub­ject of a com­plaint to Scot­land’s ethics watchdog af­ter for­get­ting – like you do – to de­clare he owned a High­land ho­tel in his regis­ter of in­ter­ests. Per­haps he was in­form­ing the fo­rum that ethics are old hat.

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