Speeches

Wednesday, 5th February 2014

Debate on the situation in Syria

Last November I visited Kurdistan in Northern Iraq to see for myself the refugee camps they have set up to provide shelter for over 230,000 men, women and children fleeing from the bloody civil war in Syria.

Thursday, 30th January 2014

Water and energy as instruments for peace

The following speech was given to a conference entitled 'Water and Energy as Instruments for Peace' in Brussels and organised by the parliament's Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development on 28 January 2014.

Ladies & Gentlemen,

Monday, 13th January 2014

Combating Wildlife Crime

The following speech was delivered at the European Parliament's plenary session in Strasbourg on Monday 13 January 2014.

President,

I very much welcome the need to enhance wildlife law enforcement and to give serious organised wildlife crimes the same level of penalty as human trafficking, weapons trafficking and drug running. To do this, we must of course increase support for range states to help them fight organised poaching and trafficking and to promote actively campaigns which aim to black-list illegal products.

Monday, 9th December 2013

The Fisherman's Friend

The following speech was delivered to the Conservative Ladies' Christmas Luncheon in Broughty Ferry on Saturday 7 December.

Ladies, it is always a great pleasure to speak at one of your luncheons and I am particularly pleased to have been invited to address your Xmas luncheon, because I have a couple of real Xmas stories to tell you.

Thursday, 7th November 2013

Depleted Uranium in Iraq

Struan gave the following speech at a meeting of the Delegation for Relations with Iraq on Thursday 7 November in the European Parliament in Brussels.

Wednesday, 9th October 2013

Debate on EU and member state measures to tackle the flow of Syrian refugees

Struan gave the following speech in Strasbourg on Wednesday 9 October.

The Syrian conflict raging on the borders of Iraq has poured petrol on the flames of the growing insurgency that has claimed the lives of 5,000 people so far this year. In Iraqi Kurdistan, one of the few former havens of peace in the country, Al Qaeda terrorists have infiltrated genuine groups of refugees fleeing to safety, setting off a series of bombs in the Kurdish capital Erbil some days ago that killed 6 people and injured dozens, the first terrorist attack in the city in 6 years.

Tuesday, 8th October 2013

Speech on the manufacture and sale of tobacco and related products

Struan gave the following speech in Strasbourg during a debate on e-cigarette regulation.

Tuesday, 24th September 2013

Meeting the EU 2020 Biodiversity targets: mainstreaming conservation

Struan gave the following speech at a meeting of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development on Tuesday 24 September 2013 in Brussels.

Tuesday, 17th September 2013

Speech on the plight of the Christian community in Iraq

Struan delivered the following speech at a meeting of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Iraq on Tuesday 17 September 2013 at the European Parliament in Brussels.

Tuesday, 10th September 2013

Declining eel stocks - a slippery problem

The following speech was delivered to the European Parliament's Plenary Session in Strasbourg on 10 September 2013.

The European eel is shrouded in mystery. We know that it begins its life cycle in the Saragossa Sea in the middle of the North Atlantic and then spends almost a year drifting towards the European coasts where it metamorphoses into the transparent larval stage known as the glass eel. The glass eels then develop into elvers and swim upstream, spending most of their adult lives in fresh water before returning to the Saragossa Sea to spawn and die.

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