Orkney and Shetland Movement

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The Orkney and Shetland Movement was an electoral coalition formed for the 1987 general election. The pro-devolution Orkney Movement and Shetland Movement agreed on selecting John Goodlad, the secretary of the Shetland Fishermen's Association,[1] as a joint candidate for the Orkney and Shetland constituency. The Scottish National Party agreed to stand aside in favour of the coalition.

Their candidate won 3,095 votes, which represented 14.5% of the vote in the small seat, but came fourth, just behind the Labour Party, the best result at the time for a candidate not from one of the four main parties in Scotland.[2]

They took part in the 1989 Scottish Constitutional Convention that developed a framework for the eventual Scottish devolution in 1999.[3]

It saw as its models the Isle of Man and the Faroe Islands, an autonomous dependency of Denmark.[4]


  1. ^ Wills, Jonathan (1991). A place in the sun: Shetland and oil--myths and realities. Issue 41 of Social and economic studies. Institute of Social and Economic Research, Memorial University of Newfoundland. ISBN 0-919666-69-8. 
  2. ^ "Orkney & Shetland". Alba. Scottish Politics Research Unit. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Pilkington, Colin (2002). Devolution in Britain today. Manchester University Press. ISBN 0-7190-6076-1. 
  4. ^ Tallack, Malachy (2 April 2007) Fair Isle: Independence thinking. London. New Statesman.