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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

The SNP Is 90 Years Old Today

On the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) 90th Birthday, Kenneth Gibson MSP, an activist for 45 years said:

“Scotland needs independence now more than ever."

Founded on 07 April 1934 and forming its first Scottish administration in 2007, the SNP has now been Scotland’s party of government for 17 years.

In that time, the SNP has delivered a raft of progressive policies including free university tuition, free prescriptions, 1140 hours of free childcare, the Baby Box, free school meals for all primary 1 - 5 children, and the Scottish Child Payment, which is helping to lift children out of poverty.

SNP Leader Humza Yousaf said:

“Anniversaries like this are a chance to reflect on just how far our party has come.

“From the early days, when people tried to tell us that a Scottish Parliament, never mind independence, was out of reach, to the record breaking election results of more recent times.

“As a party, we have consistently exceeded expectations, broken new ground, worked hard and built trust.

“From our first election breakthrough in Motherwell in 1945 to where we are today - the party of government in Scotland for 17 years, with historically high levels of support for Scottish independence.

“People across Scotland continue to put their trust in us to stand up for them and what they value most - and we will never take that for granted.

“We will continue to do everything we can to improve the lives of people across Scotland and look after our people, from birth to the end of their lives.

“Whether it be saving families thousands of pounds each year by providing 1140 hours of early learning and childcare, or lifting 100,000 children out of poverty, freezing the council tax across Scotland, or delivering free personal and nursing, and much more.

“We work with one hand tied behind our back because of Westminster governments that will never represent Scotland’s needs and interests.

“Scotland needs independence now more than ever as the Tories and Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour Party have both hitched their wagon to a broken Brexit Britain, with a joint commitment to austerity and spending cuts.

“Scotland deserves better.

As we mark the SNP’s 90th anniversary and reflect on changes for the better, one thing has never changed - our unwavering mission to regain Scotland's independence and create a better future for everyone who lives here."


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