Two MSPs have quit the SNP in opposition to the party's new support for Nato, it was confirmed today.
John Finnie and Jean Urquhart were among eight MSPs who led a grass-roots revolt against the party leadership's plan to take an independent Scotland into the nuclear armed military alliance.
The U-turn split the party almost down the middle when it was voted on at the SNP conference in Perth last week.
Defence spokesman Angus Robertson was booed by some members of the party as he made his final plea to reverse its 30 years of opposition to Nato.
Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament vice-chairwoman Isobel Lindsay said: "Scottish CND have great respect for John Finnie and Jean Urquhart's integrity.
"We are sure that they will continue to work for a non-nuclear independent Scotland that is not part of an aggressive military alliance."
SNP leader Alex Salmond said he was "saddened" by the news.
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