Jim Sillars is on the Advisory Board of the Foundation for Independence. Initially a fireman, Jim began his political career by joining the Fire Brigades Union, and later the Labour Party. Jim was the deputy leader of the Scottish National Party (1991-1992), and was formerly the Labour MP for South Ayrshire (1970-1976), holding the seat until 1979. Sillars joined the SNP in 1980, and later represented the constituency of Glasgow Govan (1988-1992). Sillars has been an outspoken critic of the European Union throughout his political career, and has actively campaigned against the EU since the 1990s.