More Scots Join SNP in a Week Than Scottish Labour’s Total Membership25/09/2014 01:38
The Scottish National Party (SNP) has doubled its membership since its independence campaign ended in a narrow defeat last Thursday, overtaking the Lib Dems as the third largest UK political party.
Since last Thursday's vote the party has gained 22,104 new members by Monday evening, taking its total membership to 47,746. The influx of new members has continued and as of Tuesday afternoon SNP membership exceeds 50,000, meaning the SNP now have more members than the Liberal Democrats’ entire UK-wide membership of 43,451 according to their own estimates.
The surge in support for the SNP also means more Scots have joined the nationalist party in thje last five days than the total number of Scottish Labour Party members according to their most up-to-date figures (13,135 in 2010).
A Labour Party spokesman said that Scottish membership had increased “by the hundreds” during the referendum campaign, but declined to give full up-to-date membership figures.
Scottish Labour’s Twitter bio claims it is Scotland’s largest political party, despite having 40,000 fewer followers than the SNP’s, which also lays claim to the title of the largest party.
Meanwhile, as the Labour Party conference entered its second day on Tuesday, disillusioned Scottish Labour and Liberal Democrat voters have been taking to Twitter, renouncing their former parties and embracing the SNP.