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The SNP and Westminster

Isobel Lindsay

in The Modern SNP

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780748639908
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672080 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639908.003.0008
The SNP and Westminster

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This chapter describes the involvement of the Scottish National Party (SNP) with Westminster. The period 1974–9 is the only time when the SNP has been a major player at Westminster, although that appeared an unlikely outcome at the start of the decade. The tension between party representatives in and out of legislatures is fairly universal in political systems. The various campaigns in Scotland that followed the disappointment of the 1992 election did involve the SNP, but there was little of significance that could be done at Westminster. The focus for all the parties in Scotland was on the referendum and then on the run-up to the Scottish Parliament elections. It is improbable that a power struggle would occur again between the Westminster group and the Scottish-based leadership. The Scottish Parliament gives access to substantial power when in government and some influence when in opposition.

Keywords: Scottish National Party; Westminster; Scotland; 1992 election; Scottish Parliament; power; referendum

Chapter.  5281 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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