SNP mem­ber­ship surges by more than 5,000 in a day af­ter protest

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS -

SNP mem­ber­ship surged by 5,085 af­ter the party’s dra­matic mass walk­out from Prime Min­is­ter’s Ques­tions on Wed­nes­day af­ter Westminster leader Ian Black­ford was ejected by the Speaker.

The in­crease has lifted the SNP to the cusp of be­ing the sec­ond-largest party across the UK, ahead of the Con­ser­va­tives.

First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon said her MPs wanted to draw at­ten­tion to what she called a “Tory power grab” over 24 is­sues, in­clud­ing farm­ing and fish­ing.

“Peo­ple are an­gry,” she told Holy­rood.

“They are talk­ing about it and are ex­press­ing their anger in dif­fer­ent ways.

“Since lunchtime on Wed­nes­day, 5,085 of them have ex­pressed their anger by join­ing the SNP.

“It is sim­ply not ac­cept­able for the pow­ers of this Par­lia­ment to be con­strained for up to seven years with­out our con­sent.

“That is what the Tories thought they could get away with this week.

“Well, it turns out that they can­not get away with it.

“I think that they are go­ing to pay a very, very heavy po­lit­i­cal price in­deed, and they will thor­oughly de­serve to.”

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