Free Scotland Party

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Free Scotland Party
Gaelic name Freiceadan Saor Alba
Leader Brian Nugent
Founded 1 January 2004 (2004-01-01)
Split from Scottish National Party
Headquarters Schoolhouse, Hamnavoe, Burra, Shetland. ZE2 9LA
Ideology Scottish independence
Scottish nationalism
Hard Euroscepticism

The Free Scotland Party was a minor political party in Scotland that stood for an independent Scotland, independent of both the United Kingdom and the European Union.

The party was founded by Brian Nugent, from Shetland, after he left the Scottish National Party due to disagreements over Europe.[1] The party holds up Norway, a non-EU country, as an example for Scotland.[2]

The party contested three constituencies in the 2005 general election[3] campaigning on the issue of the fishing industry in Scotland.[1] Maitland Kelly received 183 votes (0.4%) in Ochil and South Perthshire,[4] Nugent received 176 votes (1.0%) in Orkney and Shetland,[5] and Dallas Carter received 384 votes (1.0%) in Motherwell & Wishaw.[6]

The party also stood in the Scottish Parliament election, 2007,[7] gaining 664 votes (0.24%) in the Mid Scotland and Fife electoral region.[8] Jim Fairlie, a former deputy leader of the SNP and the party's finance spokesman,[9][10] received 575 votes (1.65%) in Perth.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Marter, Hans J (29 December 2004). "Free Scotland ready to fight". The Shetland News. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Free Scotland says look to Norway". The Shetland News. 2 May 2005. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 October 2007. Retrieved 4 May 2007.
  4. ^ "Result: Ochil and South Perthshire". Election 2005. BBC News. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Result: Orkney and Shetland". Election 2005. BBC News. 6 May 2005. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  6. ^ "Result: Motherwell & Wishaw". Election 2005. BBC News. 5 May 2005. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  7. ^ "Parties set out election pledges". BBC News. 3 March 2007. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  8. ^ "Mid Scotland and Fife regional results". Perth & Kinross Council. 6 May 2005. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  9. ^ Fairlie, Jim (19 January 2007). "Perfectly reasonable position on currency (letter)". The Herald. Scotland. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  10. ^ Lord, Dave (25 April 2007). "Police on beat demand at hustings". The Courier. Tayside and Fife. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  11. ^ "Perth (Mid Scotland & Fife Region)". Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  12. ^ "3rd May 2007 Holyrood Election - Constituency result". Retrieved 10 February 2010.

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