SNP 'must be ready for independence'

The SNP needs to get match fit in case it has to fight a second independence campaign sooner rather than later, an Edinburgh MP bidding to become the party's depute leader has said.

Friday, 5th August 2016, 11:51 am
Updated Friday, 5th August 2016, 1:03 pm
Wesminster SNP MP Tommy Sheppard speaks during the SNP National Conference. Picture; Andrew Milligan

Tommy Sheppard said the party needs an “organisational upgrade” after its massive growth in membership.

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More than 120,000 people are now members of the SNP, compared with some 25,000 when the vote on independence was held in September 2014.

Mr Sheppard, one of four men vying to succeed Stewart Hosie as depute leader, said the main reason why he is running is to improve the organisation.

He said: “This election isn’t about policy or being left or right. From my point of view the main point of this election, the main point why I am standing, is all about organisation.”