12 April 2019
The Scottish National Party won its first election victory on 12 April 1945. ...
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.