The SNP is ending a historic year for the party on a high with a record 20,139 card carrying members, more than Labour and the Liberal Democrats put together.
The final membership figures for 2011 show membership has increased by an astonishing 3907over the last 12 months.
Members across the country have been set the challenge of doubling membership from 18,000 in May to 36,000 by the time of the referendum on Independence.
Membership of the SNP has now doubled since 2003 and increased by over 6,000 since 2007.
The SNP is the only major party in Scotland whose membership has grown continuously over this period and is now the largest party in Scotland.
One area of growth for the party locally is in the Falkirk South Ward where new members have been attracted to the party following the successes of the party in that area with the election of Micahel Matheson MSP and Cllr Georgie Thomson..
Said the popular Councillor,
“Nationally in May this year over 900,000 people across Scotland voted for the SNP and since then we have seen membership continue to build, making the SNP Scotland’s largest political party.
“The SNP now has a record 20,000 party members . That is an astonishing increase of nearly 4000 members in one year and a sign of the phenomenal support the people of Scotland have given the SNP this year.
“And we are on course to meet the target set this October of doubling party membership in the run up to the referendum on Scotland’s Independence.
“Locally Falkirk has played our part in the growth of the party with many hours of hard work paying off.
Our target for 2012 is to not only increase the membership further but also ensure that we double the number of SNP Councillors in the Falkirk South Ward from one to two and thus play our part in delivering an SNP Administration for Falkirk Council in May.”
SNP Membership growth
As at 31 Dec:
30 Sep: 2011 18965
30 Dec 2011 20139