SNP now have more paying members across the UK than the Tories
Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP now have more paying members across the UK than the Tories for the first time ever, new figures reveal
- House of Commons Library has published updated figures on party membership
- The SNP is now in second place on 125,000 compared to Tories on 124,000
- Labour is ahead in first place with more than 500,000 card-carrying members
The SNP’s membership has edged ahead of the Tories nationwide for the first time, new figures out today realised.
Across the UK the Scottish National Party – which only stands candidates in Scotland – has around 125,000 members.
The Conservative Party has slipped into third place with 124,000 members, research by the House of Commons Library reveals.
Labour is far ahead with more than half a million paying subscribers, many of which who joined to support Jeremy Corbyn to be leader in 2015.
The SNP’s membership has edged ahead of the Tories nationwide for the first time, new figures out today realised
Tory membership has been a subject of particular focus for months amid continued speculation over the future of Theresa May (pictured in Kenya last week) because party members will choose her replacement
A House of Commons Library spokesman tweeted: ‘The latest available data shows that membership of the SNP (August 2018) has surpassed the latest reported figures for the Conservatives (March 2018).’
Tory membership has been a subject of particular focus for months amid continued speculation over the future of Theresa May.
If the Prime Minister resigned or was ousted, Tory members would choose the next Prime Minister – unless MPs coronated a single candidate.
Hard Brexiteers linked to the Leave.EU group and ex-Ukip donor Arron Banks have threatened to join the party ahead of the next leadership contest in a bid to install a right-wing candidate.
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Nicola Sturgeon reacted with delight to official figures showing her party was now the second largest in the UK by membership.
She said: ‘Wow – the SNP is now officially the second biggest party in the whole of the UK.’
SNP business convener Derek Mackay MSP welcomed the figures, which he said were boosted in June by the row over the so-called Brexit ‘power grab’ on devolved governments.
Nicola Sturgeon (file image) reacted with delight to official figures showing her party was now the second largest in the UK by membership
The SNP leader tweeted ‘Wow – the SNP is now officially the second biggest party in the whole of the UK’
‘Over 7,000 people joined the SNP in just five days in June, propelling us ahead of a waning Tory party which is at risk of imploding completely over Brexit,’ he said.
‘Like the extraordinary membership surge of 2014 joining the SNP has once again become not just a powerful symbol, but the best way to ensure Scotland’s voice is heard.
‘People were rightly outraged at Tory plans to remove powers from the Scottish Parliament, and that only 15 minutes were given over at Westminster to debate the impact of the EU Withdrawal Bill on devolution.’
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