SNP’s new MPs gather in Wesminster : after the party’s huge success
The SNP’s new intake of 56 MPs are making their way to Westminster for the first time since the party’s huge success in the general election. Nicola Sturgeon will greet them outside the House of Commons where the SNP leader says they will make Scotland’s voice heard like never before.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to announce further details of his cabinet. These should include the new Secretary of State for Scotland.
It is the beginning of a new era at Westminster – with a majority government for the first time in five years and more Nationalist MPs representing Scotland than ever before. The complexion of the Commons will be very different – with just one Labour, one Liberal Democrat and one Conservative MP from Scotland.
Scotland’s sole Tory for the second parliamentary term, David Mundell, could be promoted to Secretary of State in the Scotland Office, where he served as junior minister in the coalition.
Whoever gets that job will face 56 SNP MPs, who are arriving en masse and who say they will stick up for Scotland like never before.
They will oppose austerity measures, are against Trident renewal and reiterate Ms Sturgeon’s demands for fast-tracked further powers for Holyrood.
But some opponents say more debate is needed about how new powers are delivered despite the prime minister’s promise to devolve income tax and some welfare powers as soon as possible.