The SNP has today welcomed the news that Scottish actor Brian Cox, originally from Dundee, has quit the Labour Party and has joined the SNP.

As reported in today’s Courier, Mr Cox – who was a key campaigner for Yes in the independence referendum campaign – has left Labour as he believes that the SNP is the only party “taking forward the values of social justice” – something he says Labour has “failed” at.

Since the referendum, SNP membership has surged from around 25,000 to over 93,000.

Welcoming the SNP’s newest member, Joe FitzPatrick, SNP MSP for Dundee City West said:

“Brian Cox joining the SNP is a fabulous endorsement for the party – his deep held beliefs and passion for social justice are well known, and it is an honour to have such a talented and internationally celebrated actor as a member.

“Labour has, as Brian points out, abandoned the principles which it used to stand for – no wonder so many former Labour members have joined and are continuing to join the SNP.

“The SNP are taking nothing for granted and we will work extremely hard for every vote and seat, because if a team of SNP MPs can hold the balance of power at Westminster, we can deliver the policies and powers Scotland needs to help build a fairer and more equal country.”


Brian Cox: Why I quit Labour for the SNP