"Choice for Scotland”
Struan delivered the following speech during a joint debate on human rights, democracy, freedom of the press and media in the world in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 12 June.
The persecution and oppression of religious minorities in Iraq should give us all great cause for concern. The on-going bloody conflict between the Shias and the Sunnis continues to attract the world's attention, while the systematic obliteration of many of the ethnic religious groups goes on virtually without notice.
This speech was given to the Scottish Conservative conference in Stirling on 7 June.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is interesting to note that for a few minutes on Friday 19th September next year, Mary Pitcaithly, the Chief Executive of Falkirk Council, will literally hold the fate of Scotland in her hands. Mary Pitcaithly is also the Chief Returning Officer for Scotland and on that fateful day, she will be handed a piece of paper on which will be written the final result of the referendum on independence. The numbers that she reads out will decide Scotland’s future, perhaps for centuries to come.