Publican Party

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The Publican Party was a minor political party in Scotland. The party was founded in March 2005 in Inverness, Highland by two publicans, Kit Fraser and Don Lawson.[1]

The foremost policy of the Publican Party was fighting a smoking ban which came into effect in March 2006.[1][2][3] The party argued for separate smoking rooms,[4] and worked with a campaign to lift the ban on smoking shisha pipes.[2]

Lawson stood for the party in the Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency at the 2005 general election and gained 678 votes (1.5%).[5] The party contested four regional seats in the Scottish Parliament election, 2007, receiving 5,905 votes.[6][7][8] Fraser blamed a lack of financial support from trade associations and brewers for their electoral performance.[9] It was deregistered on November 2007.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "New party to oppose smoking ban". BBC News. 1 March 2005. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Banned Brothers". The Herald (Scotland). 28 April 2007. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Atmosphere 'proves worth' of ban". BBC News. 26 March 2007. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Knox, John (28 April 2007). "Smaller Scots parties 'no jokers'". BBC Scotland. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Lib Dems gain new Inverness seat". BBC News. 6 May 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Scottish elections 2007". BBC News. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  7. ^ Beers, Roy (18 April 2007). "Publican Party gears up for Scottish elections". The Publican. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Publican party back for Holyrood elections". The Inverness Courier. 27 March 2007. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  9. ^ Beers, Roy (9 May 2007). "Publican Party defeated in Scottish elections". The Publican. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "List of Political Parties either renamed or deregistered since 2002". Electoral Commission. 16 December 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2010. [dead link]