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The Scottish National Party won its first election victory - On this day in history

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On 12 April 1945 the Scottish National Party won its first election victory. Dr Robert McIntyre, the SNP's Secretary won a by-election following the death of Labour MP James Walker. McIntyre won the Motherwell seat against Labour candidate Alexander Anderson, who took the seat back from McIntyre just a few months later.

It would be another 22 years, in 1967) before the SNP won another seat, when Winnie Ewing won a 'safe' Labour seat in Hamilton and the next high point was in 1974, when the party took almost a third of Scottish votes in that year's General Election.

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