Publican Party

The Publican Party was a minor political party in Scotland. The party was founded in March 2005 in Inverness, Highland by two publicans, Kit Fraser and Don Lawson.[1]

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The foremost policy of the Publican Party was fighting a smoking ban which came into effect in March 2006.[1][2][3] The party argued for separate smoking rooms,[4] and worked with a campaign to lift the ban on smoking shisha pipes.[2]

Lawson stood for the party in the Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency at the 2005 general election and gained 678 votes (1.5%).[5] The party contested four regional seats in the Scottish Parliament election, 2007, receiving 5,905 votes.[6][7][8] Fraser blamed a lack of financial support from trade associations and brewers for their electoral performance.[9] The party was deregistered in November 2007.[10]


  1. "New party to oppose smoking ban". BBC News. 1 March 2005. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  2. "Banned Brothers". The Herald. Scotland. 28 April 2007. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
  3. "Atmosphere 'proves worth' of ban". BBC News. 26 March 2007. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  4. Knox, John (28 April 2007). "Smaller Scots parties 'no jokers'". BBC Scotland. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
  5. "Lib Dems gain new Inverness seat". BBC News. 6 May 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
  6. "Scottish elections 2007". BBC News. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  7. Beers, Roy (18 April 2007). "Publican Party gears up for Scottish elections". The Publican. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
  8. "Publican party back for Holyrood elections". The Inverness Courier. 27 March 2007. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
  9. Beers, Roy (9 May 2007). "Publican Party defeated in Scottish elections". The Publican. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
  10. "List of Political Parties either renamed or deregistered since 2002" (PDF). Electoral Commission. 16 December 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 December 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2010.

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