FOOD, DRINK & FARMING
Scotland's Food and Drink industry exports are worth more than £5 billion annually - that includes the 40 bottles of Scotch Whisky which leave our shores every second! But this remarkable success story doesn't happen by chance. It is the hard work of farmers, producers, processors, distillers, fishermen and many others that ensure Scotland is known the world over for the quality of our produce.
The European Union has the ability to help grow our exports, and ensure our top quality produce reaches as wide a market as possible. My role as an MEP is to ensure there is a strong voice for Scotland's food and drink industry in the European Parliament.
More than 40,000 jobs across the United Kingdom are supported by Scotch Whisky, and the industry accounts for more than a quarter of all UK food and drink exports. So it is important that the EU works to help one of our flagship industries to continue to flourish.
On this page you will find more information about the work I am doing to support the industry in the European Parliament.
Examining the prospects for a mid-term review of the CAP and my early thoughts on what Brexit means for European farmers.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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!READ MORE