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Thursday, April 29, 1999 Published at 07:37 GMT 08:37 UK


Other parties



A look at the other parties and independents standing in the Scottish election.

The ProLife Alliance
The ProLife Alliance campaigns against abortion, cloning, euthanasia and embryo experimentation, seeking "to ensure the right to life of all, the most basic and fundamental human right". There are close links between the party and the anti-abortion group Life but the latter is unable to use its charitable funds for political ends. It is fielding 28 candidates in Scotland.
Pro-life Alliance

The UK Independence Party
The UKIP wants Britain to leave the European Union. It describes itself as the only democratic, non-racist, non-sectarian political party to oppose Britain's "surrender" to the EU and wants to "restore democratic government". Among its other policies are reductions in taxation and government borrowing.
UK Independence Party

Civil Rights Movement
A new party set up in March, it is putting forward eight candidates in the Lothian region on a job-share basis. The CRM is fighting on human and civil rights issues like racial and sexual equality, protected rights for the disabled and "the right to die with dignity".
Civil Rights Movement

Scottish Families and Pensioners Party
The SFPP sees itself more as a pressure group than a party campaigning against taxes on families and the elderly. It also wants to see an end to university tuition fees.

Witchery Tours Party
A company offering walking tours of Edinburgh that recently set itself up as a party putting forward one candidate - Robin Mitchell, aka Adam Lyal deceased, a 19th century highwayman. He pledges to donate his first year_s parliamentary salary to a Lothian-based charity.
Witchery Tours Party

Dennis Canavan - independent
The Falkirk West MP effectively expelled himself from the Labour Party by registering as an independent because he was not chosen as Labour candidate. It seemed that, despite support from his local members, party bosses deemed him too troublesome.




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