Free Scotland Party

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Free Scotland Party
Gaelic name Freiceadan Saor Alba
Leader Brian Nugent
Founded January 1, 2004 (2004-01-01)
Headquarters Schoolhouse, Hamnavoe, Burra, Shetland. ZE2 9LA
Ideology Scottish independence
Scottish Nationalism
Euroscepticism
Politics of Scotland
Political parties
Elections

The Free Scotland Party is a minor political party in Scotland that stands for an independent Scotland, independent of both the United Kingdom and the European Union.[1][2]

The party was founded by Brian Nugent, from Shetland, after he left the Scottish National Party due to disagreements over Europe.[2] The party holds up Norway, a non-EU country, as an example for Scotland.[3]

The party contested three constituencies in the 2005 general election[4] campaigning on the issue of the fishing industry in Scotland.[2] Maitland Kelly received 183 votes (0.4%) in Ochil and South Perthshire,[5] Nugent received 176 votes (1.0%) in Orkney and Shetland,[6] and Dallas Carter received 384 votes (1.0%) in Motherwell & Wishaw.[7]

The party also stood in the Scottish Parliament election, 2007,[8] gaining 664 votes (0.24%) in the Mid Scotland and Fife electoral region.[9] Jim Fairlie, a former deputy leader of the SNP and the party's finance spokesman,[10][11] received 575 votes (1.65%) in Perth.[12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.scottishindependence.com/FSP.htm
  2. ^ a b c Marter, Hans J (29 December 2004). "Free Scotland ready to fight". The Shetland News. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Free Scotland says look to Norway". The Shetland News. 2 May 2005. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  4. ^ http://by-elections.co.uk/GE2005/others_list.html
  5. ^ "Result: Ochil and South Perthshire". Election 2005 (BBC News). Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Result: Orkney and Shetland". Election 2005 (BBC News). 6 May 2005. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Result: Motherwell & Wishaw". Election 2005 (BBC News). 5 May 2005. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Parties set out election pledges". BBC News. 3 March 2007. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Mid Scotland and Fife regional results". Perth & Kinross Council. 6 May 2005. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  10. ^ Fairlie, Jim (19 January 2007). "Perfectly reasonable position on currency (letter)". The Herald (Scotland). Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  11. ^ Lord, Dave (25 April 2007). "Police on beat demand at hustings". The Courier (Tayside and Fife). Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  12. ^ "Perth (Mid Scotland & Fife Region)". Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  13. ^ "3rd May 2007 Holyrood Election - Constituency result". Retrieved 10 February 2010. 

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