Tory Energy Spokesmanship for Ian Duncan MEP
Ian Duncan MEP has taken on the role of Energy Spokesman for the British Conservatives in the European Parliament.
A former BP analyst, Mr Duncan was elected in May and sits on both the Environment (ENVI) and the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committees in the European Parliament.
Speaking from the COP20 Climate Change Conference in Peru, Mr Duncan said:
"I am honoured to take on the Energy brief. Energy supply and energy security are key areas in which the European Union can make a real difference to people's lives. There are many challenges ahead, such as improving connectivity between mainland Europe and the UK, and making sure that the EU is no longer dependent on Russian Gas. I have already had meetings this week with Energy Commissioner Cañete, and have asked for an urgent update on progress towards an Energy Union, so we can have real cross-border energy trading.
"Representing Scotland, I know how important it is to not only have energy but to be able to deliver it quickly and efficiently. We need interconnectors and I will be pushing hard for the EU to deliver."
Ashley Fox, who last month was elected as the leader of the 19 British Conservative MEPs, invited Mr Duncan to take the energy portfolio which he had previously held himself. Mr Fox will remain Industry Spokesman.