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30th March 2015

Spring Conference

This weekend saw the SNP host its Spring conference, at the SECC one of the few Scottish venues large enough to host an event of this size.

Brian Taylor BBC political correspondent

The BBC’s Brian Taylor,”it’s electric”

As Brian Taylor, political correspondent of BBC Scotland stated “to say that this conference is upbeat understates it entirely, they [the SNP] are galvanised, it’s electric…

Saturday seen the Keynote speech by  party leader Nicola Sturgeon. You can read the transcript here. During Nicola’s speech she announced that party membership now numbered 102, 143. Following her speech a further 700 new members joined!

Sunday seen speeches by Deputy First Minister John Swinney and a closing speech by Stewart Hosie Deputy Leader.  As the conference closed, all the SNP’s Westminster candidates arrived on stage to a standing ovation by the party membership, our candidate Steven Paterson was on stage and posted this image on facebook.

SNP Conference

The party conference on their feet for the Westminster candidates

Our branch sent 35 delegates to the conference 10 of whom were sponsored by the branch.

If you want to catch highlights and keynote speeches from the conference, you can catch it on BBC iPlayer for the next 4 weeks at this link here.

We are now into the final 6 weeks of the campaign to get real powers for Scotland through an SNP win in every one of the 59 Scottish seats. Our candidate is Steven Paterson, please get out there and make Stirling an SNP seat for the very first time. You can also help by funding his bid for Westminster on the Crowdfunding website. At time of writing his fund raising has reached 44% of his £3000 target, with 7 days to go.