Jim Sillars
British politician
Jim Sillars
Jim Sillars is a Scottish politician. He is married to current member of the Scottish Parliament, Margo MacDonald.
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George Galloway sacked as political columnist for rape remarks
Guardian (UK) - over 4 years
Holyrood paper editor Mandy Rhodes ends contract after Respect MP fails to apologise for rape definition George Galloway has been sacked as a columnist on the Scottish political magazine Holyrood after he refused to retract his widely condemned remarks about the rape charges facing Julian Assange. Mandy Rhodes, the editor of Holyrood, said the Respect party MP's remarks that Assange was guilty of just "bad manners" by failing to ask permission to have sex with a sleeping woman, had left her "frankly gobsmacked". Rhodes said she had not always agreed with Galloway's views in the past but had respected his integrity, his role as an "effective thorn in the side of the establishment", and his stance on Iraq. However, she said it was impossible for him to continue his column following his remark that having sex with a sleeping woman was "not rape as anyone with any sense can possibly recognise it" if she had already had sex with that man. "There is no excuse, ever, for sex without con ...
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The Eurocrisis Squeezes the SNP - Spectator.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Way back in the dog days of the Thatcher-era Jim Sillars coined the slogan as a way to demonstrate that Scotland, small and on the periphery of the continent, would not be cut adrift and helpless were her people persuaded to back the Scottish National
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In his most riveting volume, political diarist Chris Mullin reveals what her ... - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
Jim Sillars, one of the most amiable Scottish Nationalists, was on the train to Durham this evening. He said his seven-year-old grandson had recently been taken to a smart restaurant for the first time. Next day, at school, he gave the dinner lady a
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'We'll play to anybody' - Big Issue in Scotland
Google News - over 5 years
That's something Gillespie – whose father, Bob, was a former SOGAT union official and Labour Party candidate in the 1988 Govan by-election (who lost to the Scottish National Party's Jim Sillars) – must have thought twice about
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Trial by television: the Inverclyde by-election - stv.tv
Google News - over 5 years
During the 90-minute broadcast (there were eight candidates), Jim Sillars asked Labour's Bob Gillespie a question about "additionality" - should UK public expenditure in projects be "in addition" to similar funding pledged from the EU?
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Commons Third Reading - Scotland Bill - DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
I certainly do not believe that everyone who supports the SNP or wishes for independence follows that creed—Jim Sillars is a good example of someone who believes in independence but also believes in listening to other people's arguments—but it
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Jim Sillars accused Alex Salmond of 'juvenile' attacks on UK Supreme Court - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Jim Sillars, the former SNP deputy leader, said the First Minister had made himself look foolish by attacking Lord Hope of Craighead's record on the UK Supreme Court and suggesting, as an elected politician,
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Referendum on Scottish independence? Time to 'bring it on' - Left Foot Forward
Google News - over 5 years
And equally, on the totemic issue of defence and foreign affairs - a key area to marking out any nation as being independent - Jim Sillars, the former SNP MP and long standing champion of independence, used a recent article for the Scotsman to argue
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Legacy of late councillor Jim Mitchell will live on in donations to good causes - The Paisley Daily Express
Google News - almost 6 years
His funeral at Paisley Town Hall was attended by councillors from all parties, as well as Jim Sillars, who helped to establish the SNP. Karen said: “I'd like to thank the people of Paisley for their kind words, letters and cards
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Is Scotland's relationship with Westminster about to go nuclear? - Left Foot Forward
Google News - almost 6 years
Writing in the Scotsman last week, long time champion for independence and former SNP MP Jim Sillars challenged his party: “Leasing the Trident base? Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab. Never! is likely to be the first reaction of party members
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SNP to call for removal of Trident base - Scotsman
Google News - almost 6 years
It comes after former SNP leader Jim Sillars suggested the party should change its stance, leasing the Trident base to the UK post-independence as part of negotiations over secession. Anti-nuclear campaigners are piling pressure on the SNP to reject
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Gerry Hassan: New chapter of Scotland's story defines who we are - Scotsman
Google News - almost 6 years
This has seen different interpretations arise about the meaning of independence, and a new realism and gradualism of Alex Salmond's SNP government. voices such as former SNP MP Jim Sillars and academic James Mitchell have made the case for a pragmatic
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Bill Lothian: Flying the flag for going solo - Scotsman
Google News - almost 6 years
So where does the new Nationalist overall majority sit with former Westminster MP Jim Sillars' 1990s declaration that "We are a nation of 90-minute patriots"? It was a reference to how Scots would turn up in droves at Murrayfield or Hampden Park to
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Jim Sillars: Politics of possible replaces politics of perfection - Scotsman
Google News - almost 6 years
lectors not the total package that usually accompanies such a concept but, shall we say, independence lite, with several umbilical links remaining to the rest of the UK. Margo MacDonald, my wife, argued for a similar position during the ... - -
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The GPs are right to support reforms that will improve the National Health Service - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - almost 6 years
SIR – Jim Sillars misunderstands the Act of Union (Letters, May 11). He says it is only in the remit of the assembly north of the border to hold a referendum. But we are an indivisible country, made up of various parts. It is not within the regional
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Jim Sillars: He's done the impossible, but the ultimate challenge remains - Scotsman
Google News - almost 6 years
Mountains, real and political, do not move often, but the latter has now, and how. There is now a political Hadrian's wall between Scotland and England. On the southern side, Labour were, well, just the usual old Labour taking seats in
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How the uncrowned king of Scotland lost his way - New Statesman
Google News - almost 6 years
The former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars wrote in the Scotsman of 13 April: "Only poor Iain Gray believes Alex Salmond is 'obsessed' by independence, oblivious of the fact that the 'I' word is on the back burner, shunted there, in the view of the
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Leader: Failure in Scotland would be a big blow to the Miliband leadership - New Statesman
Google News - almost 6 years
In practice, as the former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars has written, his party has softened its support for independence in an attempt to win votes "from all and sundry", including Unionists. At some point in the future, the constitutional status of
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jim Sillars
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    In 2016, contrary to the SNP position, he announced he will campaign in favour of British withdrawal from the EU during the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum.
    More Details Hide Details He has said: "I think (the EU) is a profoundly undemocratic organisation which has shown a callous disregard for people, in Portugal, Spain and Greece for example. They've been willing to make people destitute - beggar nations - in pursuit of a single policy to create a United States of Europe irrespective of whether the people want it."
  • 2014
    Sillars played a major part in the September 2014 Scottish independence referendum and caused controversy when, just days before the poll, he warned of a "day of reckoning" for Scottish businesses who had spoken out against independence.
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    He was married to Margo MacDonald until her death, in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details He is a leading figure in the campaign for Scottish independence. He founded and led the Scottish Labour Party in the 1970s, and was Deputy Leader of the Scottish National Party. Sillars was born in Ayrshire, Scotland. His early working life involved him following his father into working on the railways, then joining the Royal Navy, before becoming a fireman. It was as a fireman that he became more active politically, through the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and later with the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1992
    This comment proved the beginning of a break with the SNP leadership. The then SNP leader Alex Salmond had been a Sillars ally, but his comments in the aftermath of the 1992 General Election (and it is also suspected the fact that Sillars supported Salmond's leadership contest opponent, Margaret Ewing) started this break.
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    The 1992 General Election proved a disappointing one for Sillars personally as he lost his Govan seat.
    More Details Hide Details It was at this time that Sillars made his famous comment that the Scottish people were '90 minute patriots' (a reference to the amount of time a football match lasts).
  • 1990
    Sillars became the SNP's deputy leader, with many surprised he did not stand for the party leadership when it became available in 1990.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1976
    In 1976 he led a breakaway Scottish Labour Party (SLP).
    More Details Hide Details The formation of the SLP was inspired primarily by the failure of the then Labour Government to secure a Scottish Assembly. Sillars threw himself into establishing the SLP as a political force, but ultimately it collapsed following the 1979 General Election. At that election the SLP had nominated a mere three candidates (including Sillars who was attempting to hold on to his South Ayrshire seat). Only Sillars came remotely close to winning and it was this failure to secure a meaningful share of the vote that prompted the decision to disband. In the early 1980s Sillars (along with many other former SLP members) joined the Scottish National Party (SNP). Being a left-winger he had fostered close links with the SNP internal 79 Group, who had encouraged him to join. Sillars, along with the 79 Group and the former SLP members in the SNP, started to shape the SNP as a clearly defined, left-of-centre party. Policies adopted included the support of a non-payment scheme in relation to the poll tax introduced by the Conservative Government of Margaret Thatcher, as well as the policy of independence within the European Union, of which Sillars was a leading exponent. Sillars also started talking in terms of direct action to bring prominence to the Scottish independence cause, stating that 'we must be prepared to hear the sound of cell doors slamming behind us if we are prepared to win independence'.
  • 1970
    Sillars was elected at a by-election in 1970 as Member of Parliament (MP) for South Ayrshire constituency, representing the Labour Party.
    More Details Hide Details He became well known as an articulate, intellectual left-winger, strongly in favour of the establishment of a devolved Scottish Assembly.
  • OTHER
  • 1937
    Born on October 4, 1937.
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