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Struan Stevenson

Vice-President of the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries and Conservative Spokesman on Fisheries

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A well known political activist and campaigner of many years' standing, Struan has represented Scotland in the European Parliament since 1999.

Struan has a keen interest in the environment and fisheries. He is Senior Vice President of the European Parliament Fisheries Committee and President of the European Parliament's Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development Intergroup. In January he was appointed the Personal Representative on Ecology & the Environment to the Chairman in office of the OSCE.

He was President of the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament from January 2002 until June 2006.  Struan is Conservative Spokesman on Fisheries, a position he's held since 2004.

Struan was Vice-President of the EPP-ED Group of 288 MEPs and Chairman of the European Democrats Group of 40 MEPs prior to the Conservative Party withdrawing from the Group in 2009.

Struan is a well-known broadcaster and a regular contributor to the press.

He has campaigned tirelessly in support of Scottish farmers and fishermen calling for changes to legislation on discards, cod recovery, electronic sheep tagging, pesticides and GMO's. He is also an environment campaigner raising awareness of the impact of building wind turbines on peat bogs and looking at various means of reducing carbon emissions including the implementation of a carbon cards system.
Struan is also very interested in International and humanitarian affairs.

He campaigned for eight years for an EU-wide ban on cat and dog fur imports from Asia, which the European Parliament unanimously approved in June 2007. The legislation came into effect in January 2009 across all 27 Member States.

Struan is President of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Iraq and President of the Friends of Free Iran Intergroup.

Since 1999, he has campaigned widely to attract aid for the victims of the Soviet nuclear testing programme in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate, an Honorary Professorship and the Freedom of the City of Semipalatinsk for his work. In 2007, he was invested into the order of 'Shapagat' (charity) by the President of Kazakhstan.

In 2009, he returned to Kazakhstan for his tenth visit. While there Struan visited Znamenka one of the villages worst affected by radiation, to unveil a plaque re-naming the village main street as 'Struan Stevenson Street'. It was formerly called Lenin Street.

In 2004, he won a $50,000 prize for his entry in an International Essay Competition (sponsored by the US-based John Templeton Foundation) for a feature about the suffering of the people of Semipalatinsk. He donated the entire $50,000 prize to Mercy Corps Scotland to assist with their work in Semipalatinsk.

In 2006, he published a book on the Soviet nuclear tests entitled "Crying Forever", raising over $40,000 which he has presented to the oncology and children's hospitals in Semipalatinsk.

In 2009, Struan presented a further $5,000 to support social projects in Kazakhstan. This donation took the total that Struan has raised to $115,000.

Struan is married to Pat, a News Editor with BBC Radio Scotland and has two adult sons.