The SNP and 50 Years of Parliamentary Democracy, some dramatic moments.
- Published: Thursday, 20 April 2017 02:01
Today, Nicola Sturgeon was photographed with the phalanx of 56 SNP MPs who sat in the UK Parliament of 2015-17. Here is the late Arnold Kemp’s account of some of the history of the SNP in the Westminster Parliament starting in 1967. (Excerpted from the anthology of his journalism “Confusion to our Enemies”)
The devolution years really began for me in 1967. It was after midnight and on the Scotsman we were holding the Glasgow edition for the result of the Hamilton by-election. Seconds after the declaration – a stunning victory for the SNP candidate Mrs Winifred Ewing over Labour – David Bradford, one of the political editors, came on the line and bawled out the intro which I took down in longhand and sent to the composing room. I can remember that it began with the phrase, ‘The rising tide of Scottish nationalism ...’ and it expressed the mood of excitement. Mrs Ewing, though she lost the seat later, launched the SNP into the stratosphere of concentrated London media attention and from her victory is often traced the party’s modern prominence.