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A University of Aberdeen student society formed in 2018 and part of a network of grassroots political groups seeking to advance the cause of Scottish independence.

References: University Freshers’ magazines

Sources: unknown.

The Scottish Labour Party was a party of socialist independence, founded in late 1975/early 1976, by a revolt of Jim Sillars M.P. and a group of his colleagues against the Labour Party. The background was the 1974 elections, with the upsurge in Scottish National Party (S.N.P.) votes, and the reaction of the Labour Party thereafter, which struggled to come to a solution on what kind of devolution it wanted (if any). The view of the new party was that the Labour party was no longer socialist and that the S.N.P. would never be socialist. The initial aims of the Party was to secure the establishment of a powerful Scottish Parliament to work in full democratic partnership with the rest of the UK and represent Scotland in Europe. The other man aim was to ensure that the Scottish Parliament was capable of applying socialist solutions to the problems of modern Scotland.

The new party attracted many members in a very short time, from the Labour Party, The S.N.P. and from Trotskyist groups such as the Scottish Aggregate of the International Marxist Group (IMG) and the Scottish Workers’ Republican Party (SWRP). The party attracted members from all over Scotland, including in Aberdeen, where there were 2 branches: city and university. The branch membership was recorded as 14 in October 1976. The branch, as well as fighting on the issues of the national party, focussed on issues such as accommodation, disinvestment in companies involved in South Africa and student grants.

The Party had some local council electoral success, but in the 1979 General Election lost all 3 of its M.P.s. The party did not last long and experienced internal squabbles, expulsions and splits – meaning it was all over by 1981.

Related entries: Scottish Labour Party (Aberdeen)

References: Breakaway: The Scottish Labour Party (Henry Drucker, EUSPB, Edinburgh, 1978) and University Freshers’ magazines. Also, see below.

Sources: there are some ephemeral items in the papers of Dr Michael Dyer at University of Aberdeen Library.

The Scottish Labour Party was a party of socialist independence, founded in late 1975/early 1976, by a revolt of Jim Sillars M.P. and a group of his colleagues against the Labour Party. The background was the 1974 elections, with the upsurge in Scottish National Party (S.N.P.) votes, and the reaction of the Labour Party thereafter, which struggled to come to a solution on what kind of devolution it wanted (if any). The view of the new party was that the Labour party was no longer socialist and that the S.N.P. would never be socialist. The initial aims of the Party was to secure the establishment of a powerful Scottish Parliament to work in full democratic partnership with the rest of the UK and represent Scotland in Europe. The other man aim was to ensure that the Scottish Parliament was capable of applying socialist solutions to the problems of modern Scotland.

The new party attracted many members in a very short time, from the Labour Party, the S.N.P. and from Trotskyist groups such as the Scottish Aggregate of the International Marxist Group (IMG) and the Scottish Workers’ Republican Party (SWRP). The party attracted members from all over Scotland, including in Aberdeen, where there were 2 branches: city and university. The city branch was based in Aberdeen Trade Union Council offices and membership was recorded as 31 in June 1976 (it was 46 by October 1976).

The Party had some local council electoral success, but in the 1979 General Election lost all 3 of its M.P.s. The party did not last long and experienced internal squabbles, expulsions and splits – meaning it was all over by 1981.

Related entries: Aberdeen University Scottish Labour Party

References: Breakaway: The Scottish Labour Party (Henry Drucker, EUSPB, Edinburgh, 1978). Also, see below.

Sources: there are some ephemeral items in the papers of Dr Michael Dyer at University of Aberdeen Library.

Extinction Rebellion is an international movement founded in London in late 2018. The movement uses non-violent civil disobedience to achieve radical change in order to minimise the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse.

A branch was established in Aberdeen in early 2019, yet an Aberdeenshire group had already existed in late 2018. In early 2019 another group was formed at Robert Gordon University.

References: website

Sources: unknown.

A bibliography of printed works has been added to the ‘Resources’ section. Coming soon will be a companion bibliography of primary source material held in archives.

Also coming soon will be entries on Scottish nationalist and LGBT groups.

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‘This note is as phony as the Government’

Spoof banknotes from the time of the Wapping Strike in 1986/1987. I am not sure who created these but I presume it was the printers themselves. The usual suspects are there including Thatcher (as the Queen) and Rupert Murdoch. Pictured here are front and back and an alternative which is one sided.

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£1 banknote with red stamp ‘Home Rule for Scotland’ (which was originally sold as a rubber stamp by the publishers Scottish Secretariat), black stamp with ‘Free Scotland Now’ (in Gaelic, and also with ‘Siol Nan Gaidheal’, which was the name of a Scottish nationalist group) and also in ink is written SNP with the party logo. The banknote is 1987 so presumably this piece of protest is late 1980s/early 1990s. This could date from potentially the 1987 election, more likely the 1992 election, or around the time when the Scottish Constitutional Convention was founded in 1989.

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