Nearly 17,000 people have swelled the ranks of Alex Salmond’s Scottish National Party (SNP) since the referendum vote last Thursday, putting the party’s membership ahead of the UK-wide Liberal Democrats.
Salmond’s ‘Yes Scotland’ campaign narrowly lost the vote for Scottish independence with 45 percent against the ‘No’ campaign’s 55 percent, from a record-breaking voter turnout of 84 percent.
Since the vote, Salmond has declared his intention to resign as Scotland’s First Minister. Yet SNP membership rocketed to 47,746 by Tuesday morning, compared to 25,642 at 5pm last Thursday. The 66 percent rise makes the SNP the UK’s third-biggest political party.