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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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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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Statement on European Parliament Debate Today in Strasbourg

05.04.2017.

Over 60 individuals spoke in the European Parliament’s Brexit debate, but only two were worth listening to: the Council’s lead negotiator Michel Barnier and the Parliament’s co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt.

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Engine failure has cut EU off from Scotland. ETS trialogue must still go on. My opening statement:

04.04.2017.

The global climate change accord agreed in Paris changes everything. Our work together in these trialogues must ensure that the EU ETS delivers against the highest of ambitions: retarding global temperature rise at well below 2oC.

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We’ll be in EU queue of one

24.03.2017.

This piece originally appeared in the Express on the 19th of March 2016

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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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New Addition to My Team

10.03.2017.

I am pleased to announce that Theo Mitchell will be joining my office as Head of Policy.

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Speech to the Scottish Conservative Party Conference

03.03.2017.

My speech to the Scottish Conservative Party Conference on the 3rd of March

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SCOTTISH CONSERVATIVE MEP SLAMS EU FISHERIES COMMITTEE’S BREXIT POSITION

01.03.2017.

The Conservative Fisheries Spokesman in the European Parliament, Ian Duncan, has described the approach of the Parliament’s Fisheries Committee to Brexit as fundamentally flawed.

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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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Conservative MEP’s Key Climate Change Reforms Backed by Parliament

15.02.2017.

Ambitious plans to cut carbon emissions from European industries from 2021 have been approved by MEPs.

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Halt the North Sea Annual Plan

09.02.2017.

Last week the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee discussed The Multi-annual Plan for Demersal Stocks in the North Sea. Each of the interventions in the debate (and sadly I was the only Scot who spoke) was ‘worthy’. Chief negotiator, Ulrike Rodust, a Socialist from Germany, is no friend of the fishermen’s having previously called for new red tape into the fishing industry, in the form of extra technical measures for the Common Fisheries Policy.

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CONSERVATIVE MEP:  BREXIT MEANS EU MUST POSTPONE NEW FISHERIES LAWS

25.01.2017.

The Conservative Fisheries Spokesman in the European Parliament, Ian Duncan, has called for an immediate halt to all work on the multi-annual North Sea Fisheries Plan.

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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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Russell in Brussels claims he’s talking to Spain about Brexit

23.11.2016.

The Scottish Conservatives are calling for Mike Russell to urgently clarify his plans on Brexit after he told a Brussels audience that the Scottish Government is holding discussions with Spain on a separate deal for Scotland.

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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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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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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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Ian Duncan MEP: Brexit Must Not Hush Our Voice for Tolerance in Europe

03.11.2016.

Conservative MEP Dr Ian Duncan, Vice President of the European Parliament’s LGBTI Intergroup, writes for PinkNews about the status of LGBT rights.

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Conservative MEP: European Commission Is Limiting Fish Quota Increases Without Evidence

27.10.2016.

Ian Duncan, Conservative MEP for Scotland, has warned that the European Commission is limiting increases in the amount of fish that can be caught without the scientific evidence to support such a limit.

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What Would Clem Make of It All?

26.10.2016.

What would Attlee make of politics today?

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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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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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Open Letter to European Migrants in Scotland

13.10.2016.

European migrants play a vital role in Scottish life.

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Speech to the Fishing Committee on 11/10/2016

12.10.2016.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is a pleasure to speak to you today.

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Conservative MEP Hails New Fishing Report as ‘Cause for Optimism’ Ahead of Negotiations

11.10.2016.

Ian Duncan, Conservative MEP for Scotland, has welcomed a new report from the NAFC Marine Centre UHI, which has found that EU vessels catch more than half of the fish landed in the UK’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

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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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The Threat of ‘Business as Usual’ for UK Fishermen

22.09.2016.

Any attempt by the EU to assert authority over UK waters must be resisted, resisted strongly, and resisted today.

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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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Note to UK CCS Research Centre Conference - Making the Case for CCS

13.09.2016.

My letter to the UK CCS Research Centre Edinburgh conference on making the case for CCS

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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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Letter to Chair of European Fisheries Committee Regarding Brexit

09.09.2016.

Brexit will have significant implications for European fisheries.

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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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Tory MEP Urges Commission to Halt North Sea Fishing Plans After Brexit

05.09.2016.

The European Commission has been urged to postpone a fisheries management plan for the North Sea, given the UK will no longer be bound by EU rules once the Brexit process has concluded.

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Tory MSP in Brussels to Take Brexit Temperature

01.09.2016.

Ian Duncan MEP hosted Scottish Conservative External Affairs Spokesman Alexander Stewart MSP in Brussels this week, as part of a fact-finding visit to explore the implications of June’s vote to exit 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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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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Solving the Wrong Variable

10.06.2016.

My speech to the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition High Level Forum on the proposal for a Carbon Collar

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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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EU Referendum: LGBTI

01.06.2016.

The purpose of this paper is to consider whether membership of the EU provides an advantage to the UK in terms of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex issues.

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EU Referendum: Farming

01.06.2016.

The purpose of this paper is to consider whether membership of the EU provides an advantage to the UK in terms of farming and the rural environment.

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EU Referendum: Energy

01.06.2016.

The purpose of this paper is to consider whether membership of the EU provides an advantage to the UK in terms of energy and of climate change.

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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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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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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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Speech to the Shellfish Association of Great Britain

24.05.2016.

Ian's Speech to the Shellfish Association of Great Britain Conference - 24 May 2016

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Duncan Presses for Resolution of Glyphosate Impasse

20.05.2016.

Ian Duncan MEP this morning met with EU Farming Commissioner Phil Hogan to discuss the ongoing impasse affecting the licensing of glyphosate, the herbicide upon which Scottish farmers depend.

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Potential EU farming fines must not hit Scottish farmers

19.05.2016.

Scottish Conservative MEP Dr Ian Duncan will tomorrow meet EU Farming Commissioner Phil Hogan to discuss the ongoing crisis caused by the Scottish Government's handling of the payment of EU farm subsidies.

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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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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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Duncan demands public inquiry into farm payments shambles

28.04.2016.

SCOTLAND’S farmers could be forgiven for thinking they have been abandoned by the SNP government. Richard Lochhead, the cabinet secretary for rural affairs and the longest serving environment minister in Europe – as he is so fond of telling people – has presided over a payments fiasco which would make the Marx Brothers blush.

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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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Bringing the Energy Union to Shetland

22.04.2016.

My vision for the Shetland Islands at the heart of a multi billion pound energy investment

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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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Conservatives Fight Off ‘Daft’ Fishing Drift Net Ban

14.04.2016.

Ian Duncan MEP has welcomed the news that the European Commission will drop their controversial plans for an EU-Driftnet ban.

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Merle and Me

14.04.2016.

My appreciation for one of country's greats

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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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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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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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Strong ETS more crucial now than ever before

31.03.2016.

If the ETS is to drive low carbon innovation within the carbon emitting sector, then something has to change

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Internship Opportunities

18.03.2016.

Information for those interested in internship opportunities.

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Let the inquiry into the Volkswagen emissions scandal begin

11.03.2016.

In 2013, John German and his Michigan team found that VW cars on the road emitted 40 times more nitrogen oxide than they emitted in the laboratory. So why did the European Commission do nothing with this information? The EU has now launched an inquiry - was this down to misplaced trust in the automotive industry, or the fault of the cosy relationship between the car makers and EU member states? It is time for the truth to come out.

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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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