George Lyon (Scottish politician)

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George Lyon
George Lyon MEP at Bournemouth 2009.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
for Scotland
Assumed office
4 June 2009
Preceded by Elspeth Attwooll
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Argyll and Bute
In office
6 May 1999 – 3 May 2007
Preceded by New Parliament
Succeeded by Jim Mather
Personal details
Born (1956-07-16) 16 July 1956 (age 57)
Nationality Scottish
Political party Liberal Democrat
Website [1]

George Lyon (born 16 July 1956 in Rothesay) is a Scottish Liberal Democrat politician, and a Member of the European Parliament for Scotland. George Lyon is a former farmer from the Isle of Bute and previous National Farmers Union of Scotland president. From 1999 to 2007 he was the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Argyll and Bute, and served as both Chief Whip and Deputy Finance Minister.

George Lyon is vice-chair of the EP's Budget Committee and led negotiations on the EU’s long-term budget for the Alliance of Liberal Democrats in Europe (ALDE), the third biggest EP’s political group. He has been at the forefront of campaigns to reform EU spending. Working with Lib Dem Ministers in the UK Government he succeeded in cutting the overall EU budget by £28bn over the next 7 years while increasing spending on Research, Transport and Education to create jobs and growth. He also negotiated savings in EU staff costs of up to £6.5bn through his work on the reform of staff regulations. George has delivered savings of up to £24m through cuts in MEP expenses and travel, as well as translation costs. Scotland will receive nearly £6bn of investment over the next 7 years as a result of the budget deal.

George Lyon is also lead spokesperson for ALDE on the Agriculture Committee and has played a key role in the reform of Europe's Common Agricultural Policy and in ensuring a fair deal for Scottish farmers.

George has campaigned successfully on issues including greater EU research spending; EU budget reform to focus on youth unemployment, investment and growth; CAP reform, including measures to protect the natural environment; animal welfare rules and rural fuel costs.


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Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Constituency Created
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Argyll and Bute
Succeeded by
Jim Mather