Ian Hudghton

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Ian Hudghton
MEP
Ian Hudghton MEP, Strasbourg - Diliff.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
for Scotland
Incumbent
Assumed office
10 June 1999
Leader Alex Salmond
Preceded by Position established
President of the Scottish National Party
Incumbent
Assumed office
September 2005
Preceded by Winnie Ewing
Personal details
Born (1951-09-19) 19 September 1951 (age 62)
Forfar, Angus, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Political party Scottish National Party
Website www.hudghtonmep.com

Ian Stewart Hudghton (born 19 September 1951) is a Scottish politician, and has been a Scottish National Party Member of the European Parliament for Scotland since 1998, when he won his seat in a rare European Parliamentary by-election, after the death of sitting SNP MEP Allan Macartney.

Since the 2004 European elections, he has led the currently seven-strong European Free Alliance Group in the Parliament, which retains its own identity within the joint Green-European Free Alliance Group.

He is a member of the Fisheries, Internal Market and Consumer Protection, and Transport and Tourism committees.

Before becoming an MEP he had been a successful election agent for John Swinney and Allan Macartney, a District and Regional Councillor and the first elected leader of the unitary Angus Council after its foundation in 1995/6.

In September 2005 Hudghton was elected as President of the SNP, following the retirement of Winnie Ewing.[1]

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Winnie Ewing
President of the Scottish National Party
2005–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent