Struan Stevenson

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Struan Stevenson
MEP
Struan Stevenson.jpeg
Member of the European Parliament
for Scotland
In office
10 June 1999 – 2 July 2014
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Ian Duncan
Personal details
Born (1948-04-04) 4 April 1948 (age 66)
Ballantrae, Ayrshire, Scotland
Nationality British
Political party Scottish Conservative
Website http://www.struanstevenson.com/

Struan John Stirton Stevenson (born 4 April 1948) is a Scottish politician. He was the Conservative Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Scotland from 2009-2014 and Vice Chair of the Committee on Fisheries, in addition to which, he is member of the Executive of the Scottish Conservative party. He was educated at the independent Strathallan School.

Political career[edit]

Stevenson served his early political career as a local councillor for 22 years, sitting on South Ayrshire Council and its predecessor body the Kyle and Carrick District Council. He stood for election to Parliament at the 1987 election, the 1992 election and 1997 election. He was then elected to the European Parliament in 1999, and retained his seat in 2004.

As an MEP, he led an international campaign to raise awareness and secure aid for the victims of radiation in the Semipalatinsk region of Kazakhstan, where the Soviet Union government tested 607 nuclear devices from 1949 to 1990, leaving an appalling legacy of pollution, deprivation, illness and death. He was awarded with an honorary doctorate in Science from the Semey State Medical Academy, State Medical Academy in Semipalatinsk in recognition of his efforts and on his third visit to Kazakhstan in 2003, he was made an honorary citizen of Semipalatinsk. In September 2004 he won a $50,000 prize in an international essay competition sponsored by the US-based John Templeton Foundation for an essay entitled "Crying Forever" describing the suffering of the people of Semipalatinsk. Struan donated the entire $50,000 to Mercy Corps Scotland to assist with their work in Semipalatinsk. He toured an exhibition of photographs taken in Semipalatinsk by his friend the actress and photographer Kimberley Joseph from the Scottish Parliament, to the European Parliament, the UK Department for International Development, the United Nations headquarters in New York and finally, to Almaty, Astana and Semipalatinsk itself in Kazakhstan. In 2006 he published a book also entitled Crying Forever, detailing his experiences in Kazakhstan. The book was launched at the UN Headquarters in New York and all proceeds from its sale were presented by Struan to the Children's Hospital in Semipalatinsk, totalling over $20,000. In January 2007 Struan was decorated by the President of Kazakhstan with the "Shapagat" ("Mercy") award for his humanitarian work in Semipalatinsk.

Struan also led a successful campaign for eight years in the European Parliament to impose an EU-wide ban on the import, export and trade in cat and dog fur. It was estimated that up to two million cats and dogs were being slaughtered each year in China alone, simply to meet demand for fur products in Europe. Working with Humane Society International, Struan’s generated more than a million emails and signatures on petitions, finally culminating in a draft regulation being prepared by the European Commission and voted through the European Parliament. The regulation was to be enacted into European Union law across all 27 Member States in 2008.

Climate Change[edit]

Struan, although currently president of the European Parliament's Climate Change, Biodiversity & Sustainable Development Intergroup, voted with the other Conservative MEPs against recent legislation to strengthen the carbon dioxide emission targets in the EU,[1] even though his party reports supporting such a change.[2] He has been an outspoken critic of off-shore wind.[3][4][5][6][7] He has recently cited the loss of ocean carbon sinks due to offshore wind turbines as a possible reason not to build them.[8][9] Struan Stevenson outlined the pros and cons of wind turbines in his book, " So much wind, the myth of green energy"[10]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.publicserviceeurope.com/article/567/conservatives-blamed-for-blocking-new-emissions-target
  2. ^ John Vidal and Adam Vaughan (14 September 2012). "Arctic sea ice shrinks to smallest extent ever recorded | Environment". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Custom byline text: by Judith Duffy (20 August 2011). "Outrage as Tory says wind farms are ‘raping’ Scotland". The Herald (Glasgow). Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Struan Stevenson: The Moray Firth offshore turbine plan is a step too far". The Scotsman. 4 September 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Scotland’s unsustainable energy policy - Speeches: Scottish Conservatives European Parliament". Struanstevenson.com. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Offshore windfarms in Scotland - Speeches: Scottish Conservatives European Parliament". Struanstevenson.com. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Offshore windfarms walking the plank to disaster - News Releases: Scottish Conservatives European Parliament". Struanstevenson.com. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Wind farms are damaging ocean carbon sinks, by Struan Stevenson - Articles: Scottish Conservatives European Parliament". Struanstevenson.com. 12 April 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Scotland’s off-shore energy ‘gold rush’ will destroy vital coastal ecosystems, says Euro MP - News Releases: Scottish Conservatives European Parliament". Struanstevenson.com. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  10. ^ " So much wind, the myth of green energy " 2013, Birlinn ltd ISBN 9781780271132