The Renfrewshire SNP opened its doors to new members on Saturday, with a new members fun day. Over 120 attended the day at Renfrew Juniors ground in Renfrew.
The event organised by Renfrewshire MSP and SNP Chairman Derek Mackay allowed local members – old and new – to get to know each other and meet some of Renfrewshire’s Parliamentarians and Councillors.
As well as Derek Mackay, guests heard from a range of speakers including Mhairi Black MP, Tom Arthur MSP, Depute Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, Linda Fabiani MSP, Human Rights Lawyer Aamer Anwar and Scottish Government Brexit and Constitution Secretary Michael Russell MSP.
A majority of the SNPs Renfrewshire Councillors were also in attendance and kids who came along enjoyed a face painter, playing football on the pitch and also on the bouncy castle hired in specifically for the event.
In the last month, the Renfrewshire membership of the SNP has increased by 329, and now stands at over 2000.
Mr Mackay told those in attendance:
“The SNP is a family, and everyone – regardless of if you joined yesterday, after the independence referendum, or 30 years ago – is an equal part of that family.
“Since 2014 our local membership has rocketed and everyone who joined did so for similar reasons; they want to see Renfrewshire and Scotland become a fairer and more equal place.
“I hope today’s event has helped new members feel welcome and get to know everyone, and give those existing members who didn’t know each other before the chance to meet.”
Commenting on the event Mhairi Black MP said:
“The Tories Brexit power grab on devolution was the breaking point for many people in Scotland. This has seen SNP membership soar across the country and Renfrewshire has been no different with numbers continually rising.
“It was really great to meet so many new faces at our fun day for new members on Saturday. It is important that we hear as many new voices as possible as we look towards what Scotland’s future will be as the Westminster establishment continue to send us down a road to ruin.”
Renfrewshire South MSP Tom Arthur added:
“Events like this are a great opportunity for folk to engage directly, and hear local and national representatives talk about the changing political climate.
“We have a fantastic, active membership in Johnstone and the surrounding villages and new members have been warmly welcomed into the fold.
“The membership continues to grow here and across the country, with people keen to engage and volunteer their time.
“I had a fantastic day on Saturday meeting our new members in Renfrewshire, and I’m grateful to Derek Mackay for arranging this.”