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Aberdeen Independence Movement is a non-aligned Scottish nationalist group formed in 2018. The aim of the group is to develop resources to educate and inform the general public about the cause of independence. The group also organises training and workshops for activists.

It is part of the umbrella cross-party campaigning organisation, Scottish Independence Convention (SIC).

References: website

Sources: unknown.

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Aye Aberdeen is a Scottish nationalist campaigning group formed in May 2019 (yet is the successor to previous groups that existed from the time of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum: Yes2Aberdeen, and, YesAberdeen).

There are similar groups in Aberdeenshire as well. The Aberdeen group is part of the wider North-East Independence Group which is part of the umbrella cross-party campaigning organisation, Scottish Independence Convention (SIC).

References: website

Sources: unknown.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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