The Scottish Constitutional Convention (SCC) was established after prominent Scottish individuals signed the Claim of Right in 1989. The Claim of Right asserted that Scotland is a nation and demanded that the country should have its own legislative body within the framework of the United Kingdom.
The Claim of Right and the idea of a Constitutional Convention grew out of the Campaign for a Scottish Assembly (CSA), a pressure group established in the aftermath of the failure to secure a devolved Scottish Assembly in 1979. The CSA was an organisation of individuals committed to some form of Home Rule for Scotland that by the late 1980s came to argue that a convention was the way forward to secure such.
The Conservative government of the day were very hostile to the convention and challenged the local authorities' right to finance the convention, although the courts found that they were in fact entitled to do so.
Initially the Scottish National Party (SNP) participated, but the then party leader Gordon Wilson, along with Jim Sillars decided to withdraw the SNP from participation owing to the convention's unwillingness to discuss Scottish independence as a constitutional option.
The Conservative government of the day were very hostile to the convention and challenged the local authorities right to finance the convention, although the courts found that they were in fact entitled to do so.
The convention published its blueprint for devolution in 1995 and it provided the basis for the structure of the existent Scottish Parliament, established in 1999.
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