Building on the benefits of being the only mass membership party in the UK, the SNP has today begun its biggest ever manifesto consultation: reaching out to over 93,000 members seeking their views ahead of May’s General Election.

In the four months following the referendum, the SNP’s membership has grown from around 25,000 on polling day to over 93,000 now. With SNP member now around one in 50 of the adult population in Scotland, the consultation is an opportunity to get involved in helping shape the party’s General Election manifesto – reflecting Nicola Sturgeon’s pledge of accessibility.

The consultation follows on from Ms Sturgeon’s tour of Scotland at the end of last year – which gave new members and their friends and family the chance to ask questions across a range of issues. Taking place at locations across Scotland from Inverness to Dumfries, the largest event saw the 12,000 capacity SSE Hydro in Glasgow booked out.

Ms Sturgeon has also pledged to hold regular Facebook Q&As and Scottish cabinet meetings at locations outside Edinburgh every two months.

SNP Depute Leader Stewart Hosie said:

“The referendum reenergised Scottish politics, bringing citizens and politicians closer together than at any previous time in our nation’s history. It is important that this engagement continues to blossom – and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been clear that she will play her part by being Scotland’s most accessible First Minister, leading an outward looking government that is open to members of the public.

“Since polling day, the SNP has seen our membership grow from around 25,000 to over 93,000 – around one in 50 of the adult population in Scotland – which is just one remarkable indication of the change that has swept through Scotland. The SNP are extremely keen to reach out to our new members, who reflect all of the many diverse communities of Scotland, and benefit from their experience.

“Today we are offering all of our members the opportunity to take part in shaping our manifesto – to submit ideas to put forward their ideas for consideration. This is an unparalleled opportunity for consultation with our membership across Scotland.

“A strong team of SNP MPs at Westminster will stand up for Scotland – working to stop the renewal of Trident, take forward an alternative to austerity, and protect our place in Europe. Our manifesto is an important step on the path to making our voice heard at Westminster, and including our members in the process will greatly strengthen our campaign.”