SNP membership soars

Well known hill-walker, broadcaster, author and new SNP member, Cameron McNeish, attended his first SNP Conference today and joined party leader Alex Salmond in a call for Scots to join the party.

Mr McNeish, is one of nearly 2,400 new SNP members who have joined since the New Year – a 12 per cent increase which underlines the growing momentum behind the SNP in the run up to the 2014 independence referendum.

Speaking from the SNP Conference at the SECC – the biggest spring conference in the party’s history – Mr McNeish said:

“Thousands of Scots have joined the SNP already this year and I am delighted to be one of them.

"I suppose with my background in the outdoors and a love and interest in Scottish culture and music that goes way back to my youth the SNP is my natural political home, but I've become increasingly concerned with UK Governments who seem to exist for the prime reason of protecting the interests of the City of London.

“For some time I've felt it's time to make a stand and I feel the present administration in Scotland has shown that an SNP government is a good government.

“I'm immensely proud of my country, as I think my television programmes demonstrate. I felt it was time to do a little more to secure the future for my little granddaughters, and their children's children. And that future, as far as I'm concerned, is an independent Scotland within Europe.

Welcoming Mr McNeish to the SNP Conference, Mr Salmond said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Cameron – a weel kent face across Scotland – to the SNP’s biggest ever Spring Conference.

“His passion for Scotland and her mountains and hills is well known, and I welcome that Cameron has now also stated his passion for Scotland to be independent.

“We have welcomed almost 2,400 new members to the party this year and today I call on all Scots who want Scotland to progress to independence to join up and get involved. This is an exciting time to be involved in the independence movement, and you can make a real difference.”

You can join the SNP at www.snp.org/join