Tuesday, 24th September 2013

Meeting the EU 2020 Biodiversity targets: mainstreaming conservation

Struan gave the following speech at a meeting of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development on Tuesday 24 September 2013 in Brussels.

Tuesday, 17th September 2013

Speech on the plight of the Christian community in Iraq

Struan delivered the following speech at a meeting of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Iraq on Tuesday 17 September 2013 at the European Parliament in Brussels.

Tuesday, 10th September 2013

Declining eel stocks - a slippery problem

The following speech was delivered to the European Parliament's Plenary Session in Strasbourg on 10 September 2013.

The European eel is shrouded in mystery. We know that it begins its life cycle in the Saragossa Sea in the middle of the North Atlantic and then spends almost a year drifting towards the European coasts where it metamorphoses into the transparent larval stage known as the glass eel. The glass eels then develop into elvers and swim upstream, spending most of their adult lives in fresh water before returning to the Saragossa Sea to spawn and die.

Tuesday, 9th July 2013

Speech at the Bahram Alivandi exhibition opening in Brussels

The following speech was delivered at the opening of an exhibition of paintings by the famous Iranian artist Bahram Alivandi in the European Parliament in Brussels on 9 July.

In January 2008 an article appeared in France under the headline "A GREAT PAINTER IN EXILE". This was the perfect description of Bahran Alivandi, a great Iranian modernist painter who wove the themes of Persian mythology and the struggle between light and darkness into his wonderful and vibrant paintings and tapestries.

Monday, 24th June 2013

Speech to the NCRI Grand Rally in Villepinte, France

Struan delivered the following speech to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Grand Rally in Villepinte, France, outside Paris, on Saturday 22 June 2013.

I am often asked - “What is it like, as a politician, to stand on a stage in front of 100,000 people and make a speech? Are you not scared, are you not nervous?” My answer is always the same, “Why should I be scared or nervous? You are my friends, my family, my brothers and my sisters.”

Thursday, 20th June 2013

The Oppression of Minorities in Iraq

The following speech was delivered to a meeting of the Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Iraq in the European Parliament in Brussels on 20 June.

Wednesday, 12th June 2013

Christian Oppression in Iraq

Struan delivered the following speech during a joint debate on human rights, democracy, freedom of the press and media in the world in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 12 June.

The persecution and oppression of religious minorities in Iraq should give us all great cause for concern. The on-going bloody conflict between the Shias and the Sunnis continues to attract the world's attention, while the systematic obliteration of many of the ethnic religious groups goes on virtually without notice.

Friday, 7th June 2013

European Elections 2014

This speech was given to the Scottish Conservative conference in Stirling on 7 June.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Wednesday, 9th January 2013

Speech to the Falkirk Rotary Club

It is interesting to note that for a few minutes on Friday 19th September next year, Mary Pitcaithly, the Chief Executive of Falkirk Council, will literally hold the fate of Scotland in her hands. Mary Pitcaithly is also the Chief Returning Officer for Scotland and on that fateful day, she will be handed a piece of paper on which will be written the final result of the referendum on independence. The numbers that she reads out will decide Scotland’s future, perhaps for centuries to come.