The SNP is the governing party in the Scottish Parliament, having been elected as a minority government in 2007 under Alex Salmond’s leadership, it gained a majority in a landslide result in the 2011 election. The party is led by Nicola Sturgeon MSP who took office as Scotland’s First Minister on the 20th November 2014.
The SNP’s first parliamentary seat was secured in the Motherwell and Wishaw by-election in 1945, which saw Robert McIntyre winning over 50 per cent of the vote. The party’s next victory was in 1967, when Winnie Ewing stormed to success in a Hamilton by-election taking a huge swing of the vote from Scottish Labour. Her campaign slogan ‘Stop the world, Scotland wants to get on’, was inspirational to party activists and members.
The Scottish Parliamentary election of 2011 was a turning point in the history of Scottish politics and the Scottish Parliament. In a truly momentous election win, the SNP won an overall majority in the Scottish Parliament with 69 seats – a feat made more significant by the fact that the electoral system was specifically designed to prevent any party gaining overall control of the parliament.
The SNP recorded an historic landslide general election victory in Scotland in May 2015. SNP MPs are making Scotland’s voice heard at Westminster and standing up for the progressive policies that we put at the heart of our campaign.
The SNP’s elected representatives at Westminster, the Scottish Parliament, European Parliament and local authorities across Scotland, have and will continue to work hard to build a more prosperous, fairer, more just Scotland.
Paul Wheelhouse MSP is the Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy in the Scottish Government. Paul was formerly Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, and before that Minister for Environment and Climate Change. He has been an MSP for South Scotland since 2011. Paul is an economist who graduated from Aberdeen University, and holds an MBA from the University of Edinburgh.