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UK General Election 2019

Learn more about the SWA's manifesto for the 2019 General Election, and how candidates can pledge to #SupportScotch

We are asking candidates standing in the 2019 UK General Election to #SupportScotch by signing up to five commitments which will boost the Scotch Whisky industry, our workforce and communities across the UK.

Learn more about the value of the Scotch Whisky industry and its supply chain - for exports, tax revenue, employment and growth - below.



Download the SWA General Election 2019 manifesto here

Our 5-point Manifesto to #SupportScotch

  1. Reform of UK excise duty structures and fair tax for Scotch
  2. Government funded promotion campaign for Scotch Whisky in the United States
  3. Provide effective infrastructure for business growth
  4. Support action on sustainability, including increasing funding of low carbon projects through Growth Deals
  5. Work in partnership to reduce alcohol misuse

Why #SupportScotch?

The Scotch Whisky Association represents an iconic domestic manufacturing industry with global reach. With over 70 member companies representing over 90% of production – from small, family businesses to international brands – we are the voice of strategically important sector for the Scottish and wider UK economies.  

The Scotch Whisky industry

  • Exports 41 bottles of Scotch Whisky per second, worth £4.7bn in 2018
  • Adds £5.5bn in Gross Value Added to the economy
  • Supports over 40,000 jobs across the UK, including many in rural parts of the country
  • Invests over £1.8bn in our UK-wide supply chain

With over three years of Brexit uncertainty costing the industry tens of millions of pounds, a high domestic tax burden stifling growth, and a 25% tariff levied on single malt Scotch Whisky and liqueurs in our largest global market, industry now more than ever needs the support of candidates and political parties in the upcoming election.

Our thanks to the following candidates who have pledged to #SupportScotch so far

Calum Kerr, Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (SNP)
John Lamont, Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (Conservative)
Jenny Marr, Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (Liberal Democrat)

Jamie Stone, Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross (Liberal Democrat)

Callum Laidlaw, Edinburgh South West (Conservative)

Christine Jardine, Edinburgh West (Liberal Democrat)

David Linden, Glasgow East (SNP)

Laura Bennie, Glasgow North East (Conservative)

Richard Thomson, Gordon (SNP)

Martyn Day, Linlithgow and East Falkirk (SNP)

Hannah Bardell, Livingston (SNP)
Damian Timson, Livingston (Conservative)

Fiona Campbell Trevor, Moray (Liberal Democrat)
Laura Mitchell, Moray (SNP)

Meghan Gallacher, Motherwell and Wishaw (Conservative)

Wendy Chamberlain, North East Fife (Liberal Democrat)

Luke Graham, Ochil and South Perthshire (Conservative)
John Nicolson, Ochil and South Perthshire (SNP)

Julie Pirone, Paisley and Renfrewshire North (Conservative)

Angus Forbes, Perth and North Perthshire (Conservative)
Pete Wishart, Perth and North Perthshire (SNP)

Craig Harrow, Ross, Skye and Lochaber (Liberal Democrat)

Stephen Kerr, Stirling (Conservative)

Andrew Bowie, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine (Conservative)
Fergus Mutch
, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine (SNP)
John Waddell, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine (Liberal Democrat)

Martin Docherty-Hughes, West Dunbartonshire (SNP)
Jenni Lang, West Dunbartonshire (Liberal Democrat)
Alix Mathieson, West Dunbartonshire (Conservative)