Fishing Party (Scotland)

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Fishing Party
Leader George Geddes
Founded 2003
Dissolved 2004
Ideology Single Issue
Politics of Scotland
Political parties

The Fishing Party was a political party in Scotland.[1][2][3][4] Largely a single-issue party,[5] their formation was prompted by those involved in the fishing industry angry at cuts in the amount of fish they were being allowed to catch as a result of the European Union Single Fisheries Policy.[3] The rationale behind their formation was that they were in the best position to represent the fishing industry as they were part of it themselves.[2] The Party was led by George Geddes, formerly vice chairman of the Scottish White Fish Producers' Association,[2] with the aim of securing seats in the Scottish Parliament.[6] The Party was supported by Albert McQuarrie, the former Conservative Member of Parliament for Banff and Buchan, but he refused to stand as a candidate on grounds of age.[7]

There was speculation that this might result in the loss of votes for the Scottish National Party,[5] as traditionally they have won the majority of the votes of those involved in the Scottish fishing industry. However the Fishing Party did not win any seats in the 2003 election to the Scottish Parliament. Its only candidate, George Geddes, got 5,566 votes (2.28%) on the regional list in North East Scotland.[8] The best result was in the Banff and Buchan constituency, where the party polled 2,007 votes (7.7%). The party did not launch any candidates in the single-member constituencies.

The party has not been registered as a political party with the Electoral Commission since 2004 and is understood to be defunct.


  1. ^ "Fishermen to form political party". BBC News Online (BBC). 2003-01-24. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 
  2. ^ a b c "Fishing Party trawls for votes". BBC News Online (BBC). 2003-03-03. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 
  3. ^ a b Arter, David (2013). The Scottish Parliament: A Scandinavian-Style Assembly?. Routledge. p. 271. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 
  4. ^ "Fishing Party will fight election". The Times (London). 2003-03-04. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 
  5. ^ a b "Fishing Party to fight on fringes at polls". The Scotsman. 2003-03-04. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 
  6. ^ "Fishing party aims to net two Holyrood seats". The Herald (Glasgow). 2003-03-04. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 
  7. ^ "Fishing Party's plea to veteran". The Scotsman (Glasgow). 2003-03-03. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 
  8. ^ "Scottish Parliament election region North East Scotland". BBC News Online. BBC. Retrieved 2014-12-06.