The Scottish National Party only contests elections in Scotland. It is seen by some, viewing it through a Westminster lens, as being a small party. Yet this is mistaken. The SNP has developed considerably since the devolution of powers to the Scottish parliament in 1999. The SNP has formed the Scottish government from 2007, winning an unprecedented majority of seats in Edinburgh in 2011. Its remarkable victory led to it calling a referendum on Scottish independence in September 2014, a referendum that saw support for independence surge from previous estimates, even if voters ultimately decided to remain in the UK. The SNP went on to win all but three of Scotlands Westminster seats at the subsequent 2015 general election, making it the third-largest party at Westminster. It continued to win a historic third term and form the Scottish government after the 2016 Holyrood election with a significant margin over its closest competitor.
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- The Scottish National Party
Dr Alistair Clark
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