Keith Brown calls for SNP rule change to let new members select Westminster candidates

Candidate for Depute Leader of the SNP Keith Brown has called for SNP selection rules to be changed to allow all of the recently joined members a say in the selection of candidates for next year’s UK General Election.

Mr Brown said:

"For good reasons the SNP rules say that you have to have been a member for at least 13 months before you get a say in who represents the party as candidates but we’ve got exceptional circumstances here and there should be an exception made.

“We’ve seen enormous numbers of people joining the SNP since the referendum; nearly 50,000 at the last count, they joined in good faith with a commitment to fulfilling the SNP’s long-term ambitions for Scotland. It would be less than welcoming if the party didn’t do everything we could to make sure that they have a say in the first round of selections after they have joined.

"We’re going to have to change party structures to give all of the new members a chance to make their contribution to the SNP in the longer term and we may as well start with this measure to allow them all a say in choosing our candidates for next year.

“I have written to Derek Mackay, the Business Convenor of the SNP, asking him to work through the rules and consider a one-off exception to the rules to give all of these new members a say. They’ve joined the party, they came to us with a determination to help make Scotland a better place, they’ve made their commitment, now we should make them welcome and make sure they can help select our candidates."