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The SNP now has 85,884 members.* What does that look like?

Stephen Daisley tries to get his head around the SNP's ever-expanding membership rolls.

New SNP: Membership drive has changed the party.
New SNP: Membership drive has changed the party. SWNS

It's not politics by-the-numbers any more in Scotland.

The explosion in membership being enjoyed by the SNP is one of the most unexpected fall-outs from the referendum.

You know, the one they lost. By ten percentage points. Am I the only person who remembers this?

But that's just being churlish in the face of the Nationalists' sizeable achievement.

They have gained 60,000 new members since September 19 and they are now the third-biggest political party in the UK.

Only Labour and the Conservatives have more members across Britain.

At their conference in Perth on Saturday, party chairman Derek Mackay unveiled the latest membership tally of 85,884.

Which is a huge number for a political party. But just how huge and what exactly does 85,884 people look like?

Here, we run through some comparisons to help put that number in context.

The SNP has more members than...

The Liberal Democrats, who have 44,000 members.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUDjRZ30SNo | youtube

The UK Independence Party, who have 39,000 members.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br_RhjvZIrU | youtube

Source: House of Commons Library

If every member of the SNP got together, they couldn't fit into...

Murrayfield Stadium

Capacity: 67,144

Murrayfield Stadium

Source: Scottish Rugby

Celtic Park

Capacity: 60,832

Celtic Park
SNS Group

Source: Scottish Professional Football League

Hampden Park

Capacity: 52,063

Hampden Park

Source: STV Sport

No, not even Old Trafford

Capacity: 75,957

Old Trafford
SNS Group

Source: Fifa

Or Twickenham

Capacity: 82,000

Source: Rugby Football Union

And if they keep growing, soon there'll be too many of them for Wembley

Capacity: 90,000

NFL match at Wembley Stadium, October 2007.
© SNS Group

Source: Wembley Stadium

The SNP has more members than these Twitter accounts have followers:

Gordon and Sarah Brown

Gordon Brown Twitter.

BBC Scotland

BBC Scotland Twitter.

Rory Bremner

Rory Bremner Twitter.

And, um, this one... #awkward

SNP Twitter.

If fact, more people are now members of the SNP than...

There are yellow cab drivers in New York City. Just over 50,000 people sit behind the wheels of the Big Apple’s iconic taxi fleet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIytTS1FXUc | youtube

Source: New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission

The entire Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Canada's iconic red-coated law enforcement service boasts 28,651 Mounties.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AJyb4lMXkg | youtube

Source: Royal Canadian Mounted Police

The 67,326 Americans who voted for Roseanne Barr in the comedian's 2012 bid to be President of the United States.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcxuRUzHMGk&list=UUsFszJfOmlZQtOfV0YpEKXg | youtube

Source: Federal Election Commission

The revolution will be televised

The SNP has more members than these TV channels have viewers in the UK:

Turner Classic Movies


BBC Parliament

BBC Parliament.

Food Network

Food Network.

Source: Broadcasters' Audience Research Board

And the Nationalists' membership rolls are now bigger than the populations of...

The Isle of Man (84,497)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wIvO2FYoQA | youtube

Source: Government of the Isle of Man

Bermuda (64,237)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uX9nd3xM_MY | youtube

Source: Bermuda Department of Statistics

Monaco (36,950)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-Ajk2qR7j8&list=UUT712P77FeivlPz9VSFxunA | youtube

Source: Monegasque Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies

The point is, there's a lot of them. The capacity of 6606 standard-sized elevators. Two-hundred-and-six Boeing 747s. Twenty-nine times as many members as Oscar winners in the history of the Academy Awards.

The only question is: What happens when there's too many to fit into the Hydro?

*Membership total correct as of Saturday. There's probably, like, a squillion more by now.

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