SNP’s membership continues its slide
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.