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ETS and the coming weeks…

25.04.2017.

There will be an election in the UK and I am standing in it. I have been selected by the Conservative & Unionist Party to fight the seat of Perth and North Perthshire. It is the constituency where my family grew raspberries (which I had to pick to pay for my school uniform; less fun than it sounds). It’s where I fought my first political campaign - to save my senior school when the council threatened to shut it down. (They shut it after I left). I still have family scattered across its glens. Until my mother passed away, it was where I called home.

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Indyref: it’s like déjà vu all over again

13.03.2017.

As Scotland’s First Minister took to the podium in Bute House, I took flight, literally. By the time she got down to business, I was 20,000 feet up in the air. There is a certain serenity that comes from soaring over Scotland, disconnected from telephonic communication and social media. But all good things must come to an end. By the time my flight had taxied to the gate, my inbox, Twitter account, WhatsApp, and messaging service were beeping, purring and twitching. It didn’t take long to learn that Ms Sturgeon was asking for another independence referendum. These generations, they pass so quickly…

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Reaction to the publication of ‘Scotland’s place in Europe’

20.12.2016.

My initial thoughts on some of the key elements of the Scottish Government's position paper.

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Cod and Climate Change

19.12.2016.

Last week the EU set the fish quotas for the coming year and I secured passage of a climate change law through the European Parliament’s Environment Committee which will reduce carbon dioxide emissions (CO2). Two, seemingly unconnected, events. Or were they?

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2016 EU Fisheries Council - Ian Duncan MEP Reaction - Positive result for fishermen

14.12.2016.

Ian Duncan, has welcomed the results of the annual December Fish quota talks in Brussels

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The Future of Environmental Protection in Europe

06.12.2016.

This morning I chaired an ECR Rural Economy Policy Group meeting on The future of Environmental Protection in Europe.

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Brexit Evidence to Scottish Parliament European Committee

05.12.2016.

Last week I gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s European and External Relations Committee on the implications of Brexit for Scotland.

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EU-Norway fish talks: Norwegian negotiators outfox EU

05.12.2016.

Conservative Fisheries spokesman Ian Duncan MEP has criticised the EU for buckling to Norwegian demands over access to North Sea fisheries.

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While we all focus on Brexit, the EU sausage machine continues to churn out law

05.12.2016.

On the 3rd of August 2016 the European Commission published its plan for fisheries in the North Sea. There is only one flaw. The EU share of North Sea waters are about to shrink by more than half.

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EU-Norway Fish Talks

30.11.2016.

Most of the key quotas of interest to Scotland are set in the bilateral negotiations between the EU and Norway. The 2016 talks are underway.

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CETA Legal Opinion

22.11.2016.

Legal opinion of the European Parliament on CETA

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Marrakech Reflections

21.11.2016.

The Marrakech UN Climate Change Conference, COP22, is over. You probably missed it. But what was actually agreed in Morocco?

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COP - is it Game Over?

16.11.2016.

Frustrations are beginning to show in Marrakech as progress on negotiations is slow

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Climate change should be off limits in Article 50 talks

15.11.2016.

This piece originally appeared in the Times on the 15th of November 2016

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COP22 - What’s it all about?

14.11.2016.

A guide to the main issues being discussed at the UN climate change conference in Marrakech

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ABC to the COP - A guide to COP22 in Marrakech

14.11.2016.

Last year in Paris the world community agreed to limit the earth’s temperature rise to 2oC in the first globally binding climate change deal. Although the agreement was an historic first, it was not the end of the road. Agreeing the temperature, like agreeing a destination, doesn’t map out the journey. That’s the job of Marrakech. The talks here in Marrakech will not be easy. Currently, each country’s pledged contribution to emission reduction only gets us to three degrees, not two, and with little prospect of reaching the elusive 1.5oC There is clearly much work to do. Even thornier is the issue of finance. And of course in this sun-lit nation, the Trump triumph casts a long shadow. I am the British Conservative spokesperson on energy and climate change in the European Parliament and this is my third UN climate gathering I have attended. I will be blogging and tweeting each day from Marrakech, with the lowdown on what is going on as the negotiations unfold. 

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Armistice Day and the Battle of Loos

11.11.2016.

Last year I spent Remembrance Day in the French village of Loos, a century after the bloody battle that carries its name.

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The EU role in the North Sea must diminish so Scotland’s can grow

24.10.2016.

My piece for ThinkScotland on why the future of UK fisheries management must avoid the failings of the CFP

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A Summer in Polperro

14.10.2016.

I spent my summer holidays in an old fishermen’s cottage overlooking Polperro harbour down in Cornwall.

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Ian Duncan seeks to clarify UK Government’s European funding guarantee after SNP confusion

15.09.2016.

Conservative MEP Ian Duncan has sought to reassure Dr Whiteford that her concern over the EU fishing fund is without foundation.

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Tory MEP seeks Scottish Government guarantee after EU Fishing Fund U-Turn

15.09.2016.

Ian Duncan has sought clarity from Scottish Fishing Minister Fergus Ewing MSP after confusion over the administration of the European Maritime and Fishing Fund (EMFF).

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What does Brexit mean for European farmers

12.09.2016.

Examining the prospects for a mid-term review of the CAP and my early thoughts on what Brexit means for European farmers.

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The People Have Spoken

24.06.2016.

The people have spoken. For the first time in its 66 year history a country, this country, has voted to leave the EU.

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Environment Committee Debate

21.06.2016.

My speech to the Environment Committee today on the EU ETS

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LGBT rights in Turkey

13.06.2016.

Last month I hosted an LGBTI Intergroup meeting on LGBT rights in Turkey. We were joined by Sedef Çakmak, the only openly gay politician in Turkey and some of her fellow activists.

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Extension of Farm Payment Period Must Not Be Squandered by Scottish Government

08.06.2016.

Ian Duncan has welcomed the news that the European Commission will extend the period during which farm payments can be made without incurring fines beyond the current June 30 deadline.

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Statement from Ian Duncan on the UK’s relationship with the EU

01.06.2016.

The referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU will take place on the 23 June. I believe it will be a once in a generation, perhaps even once in a lifetime, event. The question to be posed in the referendum is straightforward, the answer, a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ However, the relationship between the UK and the EU is anything but simple.

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Launch of New Direction’s Report - Management of Croatian and Scottish Fisheries - Photos

01.06.2016.

Some photos of the launch of Mike Park's New Direction Report - The Fishing Industries and Relations with Legislators. A comparison between Scotland and Croatia.

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European Parliament Celebrating Scottish Gin

30.05.2016.

Delighted to have hosted an event in the European Parliament last Wednesday celebrating Scottish Gin! With a big thanks to The Edinburgh Gin, Tanqueray, Isle of Harris Gin, The Botanist Gin, the Wine and Spirits Trade Association, Diageo, Spirits Europe and my co-host Dr Charles Tannock MEP.

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New Scottish Farming Secretary Confirms- Farmers Could Be Charged Interest

27.05.2016.

A letter from Fergus Ewing confirms that farmers could be charged interest on Emergency Scottish Government Loans

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Letter to Commissioner Hogan - My Concerns and Reccomendations on Greening Reform

24.05.2016.

Today I wrote to Farming Commissioner Hogan on my concerns regarding current Greening Requirements faced by Scottish and British farmers and my thoughts on where there can be reform.

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Will the EU ratify the Paris Agreement on time?

19.05.2016.

This article originally appeared on CAPX on the 19th of May 2016

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Message to the Tunisian LGBTI community

11.05.2016.

On International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia I sent a message of support to the LGBTI community in Tunisia

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A New Dawn

09.05.2016.

The Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party is the official party of opposition in the Scottish Parliament. Let’s start there.

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Peter Chapman is the man to represent Banffshire & Buchan Coast at Holyrood

03.05.2016.

Peter has already shown himself a ready champion of farmers. In addressing the SNP’s handling of the cod issue he is ready to fight for fishermen. Earlier in the year Peter was campaigning for the dualling of the A90. The Northeast needs a rural champion in Holyrood, and Peter is just the man for the job.

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On the streets of Dumfriesshire with Oliver Mundell, the only local candidate

02.05.2016.

Oliver is the only candidate from the major parties to have grown up in the constituency, so he knows the issues well. He was schooled in Moffat and knows the local issues because he is local.

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Time for Eastwood to turn blue once again?

01.05.2016.

Jackson Carlaw knows Eastwood well. As he says, ‘this is not my first time at the rodeo.’ However, when I joined him last Friday, he couldn’t quite figure out what the Labour Party was up to.

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Campaign Blog - Why have the SNP abandoned fishermen along the Clyde coast?

30.04.2016.

Jamie Greene was clear: he will champion the interest of the fishermen of the Clyde. As he said, ‘Someone has to, since it is clear that the SNP has moved on to ‘greener’ pastures.’

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Backing #TeamRuth - across Scotland

27.04.2016.

We are now only 8 days out from the Scottish election and I am in reflective mood. So some thoughts and lessons from the campaign trail.

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Arbroath Smokies and Canvassing - In Angus with Kirstene Hair

26.04.2016.

Every Saturday morning when I was growing up, the fish van from Arbroath would arrive in Alyth. A queue would quickly form, and if were not near the front your chances of finding Arbroath smokies was slight; smokies always went like hot cakes. My last encounter with the delicacy was during the general election campaign. Out and about in Arbroath I discovered a smoke house down a close. I spent the rest of the morning delivering leaflets with a bag of fish dangling off my elbow.

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Bright Future for the North East - On the trail in Aberdeen

25.04.2016.

Standing in Union Street, as the snow fell gently upon me, I was reminded of the pleasures of electioneering in Aberdeen in late April! It’s where I began my political career back in 2003 as candidate for the Holyrood seat of Aberdeen South. Seems just like yesterday to me, but when I point this out to my team, two of whom hail from the Granite City, they are quick to remind me that they were sitting their exams at the time.

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On the Campaign (and whisky) trail in Moray

24.04.2016.

The drive from Inverness to Forres takes you through some of the best farmland in Scotland. Fine seed potatoes are grown in Moray. Fine barley too. I always think that barley is best enjoyed in whisky form, and where better to enjoy it than Moray, home to more distilleries than anywhere else on the planet. Macallan, Balvenie, Glenfiddich, Glen Grant, Glenfarclas, Tomintoul, Aberlour; if you want a fine dram, Moray’s for you!

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Talking Farming (and campaigning) in the Highland Capital

23.04.2016.

Inverness is the most northerly city of the Kingdom, the capital of the Highlands and a tourist mecca. I can attest to the latter; almost a quarter of those I canvassed on the High Street haled from far flung quarters.

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A Spring Day in Shetland

19.04.2016.

Waiting to board the flight to Shetland the air crew told me that there had been snow on the islands before they left. I wasn’t sure whether this was one of those tricks islanders play on unsuspecting mainlanders. As it happened it was absolutely true.

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Merle and Me

14.04.2016.

My appreciation for one of country's greats

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Today my question to you is what can be done to make the CAP better?

06.04.2016.

Today my question to you is what can be done to make the CAP better? First Published, Press and Journal, 2nd April 2016

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Deep Sea - Déjà vu All Over Again

10.03.2016.

Back in November I wrote an article on the seemingly never ending repetitious discussions around attempts to regulate deep sea fisheries. I titled the piece, ‘Groundhog Day,’ in honour of the movie in which Bill Murray re-lives the same day over and over and over again. Well, I have just dragged myself from the latest meeting of the European Parliament deep sea negotiators, and it's like déjà vu all over again.

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CALLING FOR FISHING AND FARMING VIEWS ON EU REFORM

08.03.2016.

Dr Ian Duncan is asking fishermen and farmers to tell him how the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) can be reformed as part of the Prime Minister´s renegotiation deal.

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Succesful CAP Debate Hosted in Parliament

01.03.2016.

ECR Rural Economy Policy Group, chaired by Ian Duncan MEP, hears from Commission and Council on Climate Change and Agriculture, CAP Reform and a possible investigation by the Commission into Scottish Government Farm Payment Crisis.

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Seafood Fraud – When you ask for haddock, let’s make sure you get haddock”

25.02.2016.

At the end of last year a seafood scandal broke in Brussels. An organisation by the name of Oceana went deep undercover. The organisations operatives gathered DNA samples from 280 fish dishes being offered by Brussels leading restaurants (as well as the canteens of the three EU institutions). The purpose of the investigation was simple: was the fish on the menu actually the fish that arrived on the plate?

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Launch of My Report into Guide Dog User Rights across the EU

19.02.2016.

Alex Johnstone MSP and I visited the Guide Dogs Scotland training centre in Forfar, to highlight my study into access rights for guide dog users across the EU

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UK Boating Laws - All at Sea?

19.02.2016.

Exactly what qualifications are needed to take a pleasure craft to sea? And what safety equipment must such a vessel possess to be considered officially seaworthy? I did some digging. The answer was surprising.

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Letter to Commissioner Vella - Tuna in British Waters

16.02.2016.

My Letter to Commissioner Vella on Tuna in British Waters

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Letter to Banffshire Journal - 24th January 2016

04.02.2016.

There are only six Scottish MEP’s, and we can’t always be in the room, but we do have to do our damnedest to ensure that when colleagues represent us at meetings, they do not vote against Scotland’s interests.

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Changing Times - British Tuna

04.02.2016.

The Times are Changing- Tuna in British Waters

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Groundhog Day

01.12.2015.

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