Scottish Prohibition Party

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The Scottish Prohibition Party was a minor Scottish political party which advocated alcohol prohibition.

The party was founded in 1901. In its early years, Bob Stewart acted as the party's full-time organiser.[1] In 1908, Stewart and Edwin Scrymgeour were elected to Dundee Town Council.

From the 1908 by-election onwards, Scrymgeour stood for the party in the Dundee constituency. Stewart acted as his election agent in 1910, but fell out with him over his religiosity. He led a Marxist split, the Prohibition and Reform Party, which merged with the Communist Party of Great Britain in 1920.[1]

Scrymgeour was finally elected as M.P. for Dundee at the general election of 1922, when he and the Labour candidate E. D. Morel defeated Winston Churchill.[2] In Parliament, on issues other than prohibition, he generally supported the Labour Party.

Scrymgeour lost his seat at the general election of 1931.[3] The party was disbanded in 1935, against the wishes of Scrymgeour.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Bob Stewart, Communist Biographies
  2. ^ "Discontent, War & the Impact of Revolution in Dundee". Archives, Records and Artefacts at the University of Dundee. University of Dundee. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Scrimgeour, Edwin". Who Was Who (online ed.). Oxford University Press. 2007. Retrieved 16 February 2013.  (subscription required)

Further reading[edit]

  • Southgate, Donald, "Edwin Scrymgeour" in Three Dundonians (Dundee: Abertay Historical Society, 1968)