Scottish National Party Bounces Back

The Scottish National Party is now the third largest political party in the U.K.

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In light of the Yes campaign's loss, several publications made predictions warning of the possible downfall of the Scottish National Party following the referendum. But by Monday night, it was clear doomsday would not be headed the SNP's way.

Instead, the party reported massive membership growth after the predictions. Over at The Guardian, Severin Carrell wrote the SNP reported membership had risen 70 percent in four days:

The Scottish National party is poised to become one of the largest in the UK after Scotland's pro-independence parties saw a surge in membership after last week's referendum.

The Labour Party, which sided with the No campaign, also claimed higher membership numbers, but declined to give exact numbers. Alistair Darling's party had been reaching out to Yes campaign supporters to come "home" to the party, reported BBC.

And, according to The Telegraph, Nicola Sturgeon, the deputy first minister under Salmond, is on track to succeed Salmond. It doesn't just mean a strong SNP — if she wins the race, the three main parties in Holyrood will be led by women.

"This is clearly welcome and a real feather in Scotland's cap that we are the only country with the three main political parties led by women," Hugh McLachlan, a philosophy professor at Glasgow Caledonian University, told the Sunday Post. "What makes this more welcome is the fact that we have arrived here organically. There have been no moves to engineer these women to the top purely because of their gender. They have arrived at the top of the political tree under their own steam."

Moreover, STV News reported the total membership for the SNP had reached more than 44,000 by Monday night, making it the third largest party in the U.K. The influx of new membership applications had even caused the party's website servers to overload.

As for Salmond, the former first minister has said support for independence should see a rise in coming years, and that despite referendum being the "best route" to statehood, there are other ways to achieve the goal. He is also, according to The Guardian, set to advocate for younger voters to be allowed to vote in future elections.

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