In The Scotsman today, Murdo Fraser writes:
It was even announced that as many as 10 000- new members had joined the SNP following her appearance – a claim which is as unsubstantiated as it is incredible.
Many parties provide party membership figures for the year ending 31 December in annual accounts submitted to the Electoral Commission, allowing this for December 2018:
- The Labour Party had 518,659 members, a fall from 564,443 in December 2017.
- The Scottish National Party had 125,534, a rise from the 118,162 reported in April 2018.
- The Liberal Democrat Party had around 95,000 members, a fall from the 97,403 members in December 2017.
- The Green Party (England and Wales) had 38,707 members, a decrease from 42,413 in December 2017.
- UKIP had 26,447 members, compared to 23,280 members reported in December 2017.
- The Conservative Party does not publish data on party membership in annual accounts. The latest estimates for 2019 (180,000), 2018 (124,000) and 2013 (149,000) were acquired from public sources and information from CCHQ.
‘The Conservative Party does not publish data on party membership.’ There’s a surprise. Wonder why? Unsubstantiated.
Anyhow at best, 15 000 in Scotland?
As for the 10 000 new SNP members:
I’ve no idea of it’s true or not but I doubt Robertson would say it if he might then get caught out.
A man of the cloth, sort of, is with Murdo on this one:
Now, we should say that we don’t believe for even a second that the SNP has actually had 10,000 new members in the last two days. It’s ridiculous to the point of insulting.