Folk across Orkney have joined others across Scotland in the past few days in signing up to the Scottish National Party.
A spike in memberships followed the appearance at Holyrood last week of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to give evidence in an eight-hour session in front of the Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints.
Orkney SNP candidate for the Scottish Parliament election, Robert Leslie, said he felt that over 10,000 folk signing up to the party in such a short time showed confidence in the leadership of the party and in the performance of the Scottish Government. He said it was great to see in the build-up to the May election.
Robert said: “We have seen a significant number of new members from across the islands in the space of a few days, and this has taken our branch membership to over 250 for the first time. Coming just two months from the most important Scottish elections since the Scottish Parliament was re-convened in 1999, this has given us a great boost and will help us build momentum heading towards polling day on 6 May.
“This is a very different election campaign given the current pandemic restrictions, so every member has a role to play in spreading the positive message of what the SNP has done for Orkney and what it could do in the future with the full powers of an independent Scotland behind it.”