On the 9th March, Murdo Fraser of the Scottish Conservatives (Membership not published) told Scotsman readers:
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.
I’ve just seen evidence that there have been 224 new members in in Ayr, Prestwick and Troon, in the last month. The population in the area, 76 000, is almost the same as the average for Scotland’s 73 MSP constituencies (74 600 00).
This is a marginal constituency with at best, average SNP membership so, reasonably, there may have been around 16 000 new members across the country (73 x 224).
The SNP has only claimed 10 000.
I suppose it must be a bit depressing for people like Murdo, reliant on rich donors.