THE creator of the video game phenomenon Grand Theft Auto has joined the SNP.

Mike Dailly, a Scottish video game designer best known for his work on Lemmings and the original prototype of Grand Theft Auto, announced that he had joined the party on Twitter.

He said: “Took the plunge.... I'm always saying they're the best for Scotland just now, with no one else even close.

“So time to put my money where my mouth is, and invest in Scotland's Future.”

Nicola Sturgeon welcomed Dailly to the party on Twitter just days before she officially resigns the post of first minister. 

Dailly is one of the co-founders of video game development company Rockstar North (originally known as DMA Design).

Alongside David Jones, Russell Kay and Steve Hammond, Dailly spearheaded the release of the puzzle-strategy game Lemmings in 1991.

It went on to become one of the best-selling video games of all time, selling more than 20 million copies across various consoles.

The studio then went onto release the first Grand Theft Auto game in 1997, sparking a whole franchise of games that have become known as some of the best ever made.