Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today hailed the Scottish National Party as “truly the national party of Scotland” as membership skyrocketed to 92,263.
Sturgeon, speaking at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, slammed the Labour Party as being “bereft of imagination”, and for taking Scotland’s vote for granted. She went on to call on Labour supporters “to lend us their vote” in the coming General Election.
Her criticisms of Labour come after Scottish Labour leadership candidate, Neil Findlay, hit back at Sturgeon for attempting to “eradicate” Scottish Labour.
However, from reaction in the crowds, it appeared that many ex-Labour voters were in attendance, with many shouting in approval at the First Minister’s words.
The event in Glasgow was a sellout, with around 12,000 supporters piling into the venue that has seen the likes of Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, and Kylie Minogue step on its stage, Sturgeon followed in their footsteps.
She and her predecessor, Alex Salmond, were treated to an incredible standing ovation, which lasted almost a full three minutes for each of them.
Alex Salmond, speaking before performances from Eddie Readers, Red Hot Chilli Pipers, and Dougie MacLean, announced a new daily newspaper that will launch next Monday.
Speaking further on the matter, Richard Walker, editor for the only pro-independence newspaper in Scotland the Sunday Herald, stated that the paper would be a pro-independence paper called ‘The National’, and would be edited by the Sunday Herald team.
The paper is to be on sale for a five-day pilot period, and will be accompanied by an online presence.
On the referendum, Salmond compared Scotland’s performance to that of Reece McFadden, Commonwealth Games bronze medal-winning boxer for Scotland:
“When he was on the ropes he bounced back like a torpedo,” I feel that we have bounced back in a similar manner.
Sturgeon described the referendum on independence as, not a victory for the Yes movement, but a victory for democracy.
“Power lies, not in the hands of Westminster politicians, it lies in the hands of the Scottish people, and it is here to stay”, she said.
The first female First Minister for Scotland also extended a hand to other minority parties around the United Kingdom.
“We will seek to create alliances with progressive forces across these islands”, seeking to ensure Westminster’s decisions reflected the interests of the different nations and regions of the UK.
“History is with us”, Sturgeon declared. “The winds are set fair…let us now get on with our job”.