Million pound boost to independence campaign
Alex Salmond today welcomed a donation of one million pounds from Chris and Colin Weir.
The donation from the Euromillions winning couple will support the party as it works towards a referendum on Scotland’s future.
The couple have already set out their financial support for the Waverley Paddle Steamer, a local elderly care home and their intention to set up a charitable trust.
In a statement confirming their donation, the largest single donation to the SNP in the party’s 77 year history, Chris Weir said:
“We have been supporters of the SNP for a long time but this is about more than party politics.
“Every society, every country should have the right and the opportunity to determine its own path. That’s something I’ve believed in strongly for a long time.
“We want to give the people of Scotland a fair chance in the referendum campaign that’s why we are supporting the SNP now and into the independence referendum.
“The only people with the right to decide Scotland’s future are the people of Scotland themselves and we want to support the SNP and the referendum campaign in helping Scotland make that decision fairly. “
Colin Weir added
“It’s no secret I support the SNP and stood for the party. I backed the party in the 1979 referendum and the behaviour of the UK parties convinced me that we should support this referendum properly.
“The party has done a good job in government and is doing a good job for Scotland. You can already see a difference and an increase in confidence around the country.
“We have things in Scotland like a council tax freeze, free prescriptions and help for ordinary households because we’ve elected an SNP Government. With independence we can build on what we already do so well.
“But what matters to us first is that the SNP and the people of Scotland have a fair opportunity to make the case and decide on Scotland’s future.”
First Minister and SNP Leader Alex Salmond welcomed the donation
“The Weirs have experienced great good fortune and they have already shown their generosity with their support for the Waverley Paddle Steamer and causes in their community.
“They have had a long standing commitment to the SNP and their welcome donation will allow the party to continue it’s work and to prepare for the referendum campaign ahead.
“The SNP relies on the donations of our ordinary members and every donation large and small goes to backing the party and making the case for independence.”