Scottish Jacobite Party

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Scottish Jacobite Party
Pàrtaidh Seumasachas
Scots Jacobite Pairty
Leader John Black
Treasurer John Black[1]
Campaigns Officer John Brodie[1]
Founded 8 July 2005 (2005-07-08)[1]
Dissolved 2011
Ideology Pro-Scottish independence
Euroscepticism
Republicanism
Pro-tax haven
European affiliation None
International affiliation None
Colours Red, Tartan
Website
www.scottishjacobites.com

The Scottish Jacobite Party was a political party in Scotland. It was registered with the Electoral Commission on 8 July 2005, and launched in Glenfinnan to coincide with the 31st G8 summit and roughly with the 260th anniversary of Bonnie Prince Charlie raising his standard there in 1745.[2]

The party favoured the establishment of an independent Scottish republic based on the concept of a "unifying political theory" that "the citizen is king"; if political decisions are made with this idea consistently taken into account then temporary political expediency may be avoided and the public interest served. The notion that the people are central to the political process and their explicit support for republicanism does not correspond to the traditional meaning of Jacobitism - restoration of the House of Stuart to the Scottish (or British) monarchy. The Party saw its views as a modern interpretation of Jacobitism.

The SJP originally aimed to establish a Scottish republic by 2007, which would claim 31% of the assets of the British state (as Scotland makes up 31% of the landmass of the United Kingdom). It aimed to transform Scotland into a tax haven and a more popular tourist destination, also stating that congestion charges would be introduced during the peak tourist season.

The party also proposed to move the Anglo-Scottish border southwards to run from Morecambe Bay to Flamborough Head along line of latitude 54°7'N (thus adding Carlisle, Durham, Sunderland, Teesside and Tyneside to Scotland). Consequently, Newcastle United F.C., Sunderland A.F.C., Middlesbrough F.C. and Carlisle United F.C. would be transferred into the Scottish Premier League. It advocated that all football teams in this league be nationalised, with television revenues being split equally amongst all participating clubs. Foreign players would also be banned from playing in Scotland.

In the 2007 Scottish elections, the party nominated one candidate, John Black, who won 309 votes in Dumbarton constituency, and 446 votes in the West of Scotland region. Its total expenditure was returned as £528, the lowest of any party to submit a return. It filed an e-petition calling for a Scottish independence day.

The SJP was de-registered and removed from the Electoral Commission's Register of Political Parties on 19 July 2007,[1] but re-registered on 22 March 2010. John Black received 156 votes for this party in the 2010 election in Argyll and Bute. Chris Black polled 134 votes in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk. The party de-registered again in March 2011.

John Black, the party leader led a Protest Rally at The Rebel Tree, Clifton, Cumbria on 17 December 2017. Twelve Jacobite soldiers killed in the Battle of Clifton on 18 December 1745 and buried under The Rebel Tree. The tree is now the centrepiece of a roundabout at the entrance to a housing development. The developer, Story Homes are attempting to airbrush the battle from the pages of the history books. The tree itself is protected by a Tree Protection Order (TPO). Local opposition to the development was bought off under a Section 106 Agreement. Clifton Parish Council received £90,000 pounds from Lowther Estates and the development was approved by Eden County Council.

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  1. ^ a b c d Renamed or De-registered Parties
  2. ^ Nicoll, Ruaridh (18 February 2007). "Small parties are great - if you enjoy political chaos". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 January 2016.