News Releases

Thursday, 12th December 2013

US attempts to conceal fate of Iraqi hostages exposed by Euro MP

A senior Euro MP has expressed astonishment at what he describes as “US attempts to conceal information about seven hostages, including six women, abducted in Iraq.” Struan Stevenson, a Scottish Conservative MEP and President of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Iraq, has said that he was surprised by US Secretary of State John Kerry's response to a question about the hostages when he said the information was “classified”.

Speaking from Strasbourg, the Euro MP said:

Tuesday, 10th December 2013

Struan Stevenson MEP takes a tour of Dogs Trust rehoming centre

On Friday (6th December) MEP for Scotland, Struan Stevenson, visited the Glasgow Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre and was greeted by a number of VIPs (very important pooches). The MEP made many new furry friends at the centre, including Pip an adorable little crossbreed terrier.

Monday, 9th December 2013

Letter to the European Commission on the treatment of Italy's lettori

Struan has written to the European Commission about the treatment of foreign language lecturers in Italy (the so-called 'lettori') including recent court cases concerning the rights of the lettori.  

Please click here to read Struan's letter.

Thursday, 5th December 2013

Conference on Iran in solidarity with the Iranian Democratic opposition

In a major conference held at the European Parliament on Wednesday, December 4, human rights violations in Iran, the Geneva nuclear agreement, and the massacre and hostage-taking in Camp Ashraf were debated in the presence of a large number of MEPs from various political groups and with the participation of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

Tuesday, 3rd December 2013

Letter to the European Commission on EU tax preferences for French rum

Struan has written a letter to Algirdas Semeta, European Commissioner for Taxation, Customs, Statistics, Audit and Anti-Fraud, about recent proposals by the Commission to renew excise tax preferences in favour of French rum that may harm Scotch Whisky exports.

Please click here to read the letter in full:  Part 1Part 2

Thursday, 28th November 2013

Head of the EU’s Iraq delegation says Iraqi government not protecting minorities

Struan was interviewed on the BBC World Service's Newsday programme discussing the plight of ethnic minorities in Iraq.

Please click here to listen to Struan's interview.

Wednesday, 27th November 2013

Struan Stevenson MEP says "Maliki’s authoritarian policies are tearing the country apart"

A Scottish Euro MP has just returned from four days in Iraq, where he visited Syrian refugee camps, and discussed the country’s worsening human rights situation and persecution of minorities with senior political leaders.

Wednesday, 27th November 2013

Community power nonsense [VIDEO]

Wednesday, 13th November 2013

Visit to Laos and Vietnam: Prospects for aquaculture

From 25 October to 5 November, as Vice President of the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee, Struan travelled to Laos and Vietnam, at the invitation of these governments, to examine their prospects for aquaculture.

Please click here to download his photo report of the trip.

Friday, 25th October 2013

Over 150 Euro MPs call for the release of 7 Iranian hostages abducted by Iraqi Forces

MEPs from all political groups in the European Parliament have urged the leadership of the EU and the member states to force the Iraqi government to release the 7 hostages, including 6 women, who were abducted by Iraqi government forces on 1 September during the massacre in camp Ashraf. On that day 52 defenceless members of the Iranian opposition PMOI-MEK were executed by Iraqi special forces.