CONSERVATIVE MEP FOR SCOTLAND

ENVIRONMENT & PUBLIC HEALTH

The Environment Committee is the largest committee in parliament and deals with the most legislation, from genetic modification to birds and habitats. My aim is to guarantee Europe's world leading environmental standards while protecting jobs and encouraging growth in Europe. 

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A Homage to Catalonia is the Last Thing Scotland Needs Right Now

07.04.2017.

The First Minister of Scotland has determined that there must be a second Scottish independence referendum. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has determined that "now is not the time" for such a ballot.

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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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Speech to Parliament - Debate ahead of the vote on the ETS

17.02.2017.

My speech to the European Parliament ahead of the vote on the ETS

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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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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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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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Marrakech Last Day

18.11.2016.

It is the last day of COP22 here in Marrakech. An agreement (of sorts) is expected to emerge sometime this evening, but before it does, here are some ‘take homes’ from the UN Climate Change gathering so far.

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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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Conservative MEP Launches Post-Brexit Consultation on Protecting Scotland’s Natural Environment

25.10.2016.

UPDATE: The consultation closed on 20th January 2017. The results have been analysed and sent to the relevant departments for consideration.

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Duncan Welcomes EU Commitment to Ratify Paris Climate Deal

04.10.2016.

Conservative Energy and Climate Change spokesman Ian Duncan MEP has welcomed today's vote in the European Parliament endorsing EU ratification of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

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Scots Tory MEP Appointed to Governor Schwarzenegger Think Tank

22.09.2016.

Ian Duncan, Conservative MEP for Scotland, has expressed delight at his appointment to the Board of Advisors of the Schwarzenegger Institute, University of Southern California.

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Tory MEP Chairs Brexit Farming Session With NFUS Vice President

07.09.2016.

Ian Duncan MEP has chaired a session exploring what future UK agricultural policy could look like outside the European Union.

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Conservative MEP fights costly EU red tape for lifeboats and tractors

05.07.2016.

Ian Duncan MEP has welcomed a vote in the European Parliament today, which will exclude lifeboat launchers and protect tractors from unworkable EU regulation.

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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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ETS Phase IV Proposal

31.05.2016.

Attached is my proposal to Parliament and press statement for Phase IV of the EU ETS

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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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Short Statement on ETS Report Extension

18.05.2016.

In light of new information, I will be extending the deadline for submitting my report on the ETS

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You Can’t Outrun Your Shadows

09.05.2016.

An unorthodox approach to reforming one of the EU's key climate change policies

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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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CONSULTATION RESULTS - BIRDS & HABITATS DIRECTIVES

02.05.2016.

Whilst all respondents stated that the Directives have played a significant role in managing Scotland’s natural habitats and species, the majority view is that there is room for improvement.

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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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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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Galloway for the Day

20.04.2016.

Whenever British MEPs foregather, and talk turns to constituencies, every member claims to have the best seat in the UK. Well, they would say that, wouldn’t they? However, Scotland is hard to beat.

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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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Conservative MEP demands Cod Fishing Restrictions are Lifted

12.04.2016.

Ian Duncan, MEP for Scotland, will help lead efforts in in the European Parliament to repeal the Cod Recovery Plan. Dr Duncan has been appointed as European Conservative and Reformist 'Shadow Rapporteur', and will push the European Commission to recognise the healthy state of the Cod stocks.

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Time to Stop Cars Driving Climate Change

31.03.2016.

Coal, oil and gas burning energy plants have borne the brunt of the EU's emission ambitions so far, but a time is fast approaching when it is not the power plants far from our home that will do the heavy lifting but the car in our garage. Are you ready to turn off the ignition of your fossil-fuelled car? The clock is ticking.

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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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ILUC? No Luck

24.02.2015.

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