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Struan John Stirton Stevenson (born 4 April 1948) is a Scottish politician. He was the Conservative Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Scotland from 1999-2014 and Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee on Fisheries, in addition to which he was a member of the Executive of the Scottish Conservative party. He is a President of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq and President of the Friends of Free Iran Intergroup. Stevenson is President of the European Iraqi Freedom Association and Coordinator of the Campaign for Iran Change.[1] He was educated at the independent Strathallan School and the West of Scotland Agricultural College.

Struan Stevenson
Struan Stevenson.jpeg
Member of the European Parliament
for Scotland
In office
10 June 1999 – 2 July 2014
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byIan Duncan
Personal details
Born (1948-04-04) 4 April 1948 (age 71)
Ballantrae, Ayrshire, Scotland
NationalityBritish
Political partyScottish Conservative
Websitehttp://www.struanstevenson.com/

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Political careerEdit

Stevenson served his early political career as a local councillor for 22 years, sitting on South Ayrshire Council and its predecessor body the Kyle and Carrick District Council. He stood for election to Parliament at the 1987 election, the 1992 election and 1997 election. He was then elected to the European Parliament in 1999, and retained his seat in 2004 and 2009. He retired from the European Parliament at the elections in 2014.[2]

Semipalatinsk radiation victimsEdit

As an MEP, Stevenson led an international campaign to raise awareness and secure aid for the victims of radiation in the Semipalatinsk region of Kazakhstan, where the Soviet Union government tested 607 nuclear devices from 1949 to 1990, leaving an appalling legacy of pollution, deprivation, illness and death. He was awarded with an honorary doctorate in Science from the Semey State Medical Academy, State Medical Academy in Semipalatinsk in recognition of his efforts and on his third visit to Kazakhstan in 2003, he was made an honorary citizen of Semipalatinsk.

In September 2004 Stevenson won a $50,000 prize in an international essay competition sponsored by the US-based John Templeton Foundation for an essay entitled "Crying Forever" describing the suffering of the people of Semipalatinsk. Stevenson donated the entire $50,000 to Mercy Corps Scotland to assist with their work in Semipalatinsk.

In 2006 he published a book, also entitled Crying Forever, detailing his experiences in Kazakhstan. The book was launched at the UN Headquarters in New York and all proceeds from its sale were presented by Stevenson to the Children's Hospital in Semipalatinsk, totalling over $20,000. In January 2007 Stevenson was decorated by the President of Kazakhstan with the "Shapagat" ("Mercy") award for his humanitarian work in Semipalatinsk.

Ban of cat and dog furEdit

Stevenson also led a successful campaign for eight years in the European Parliament to impose an EU-wide ban on the import, export and trade in cat and dog fur. It was estimated that up to two million cats and dogs were being slaughtered each year in China alone, simply to meet demand for fur products in Europe. Working with Humane Society International, Stevenson's campaign generated more than a million emails and signatures on petitions, finally culminating in a draft regulation being prepared by the European Commission and voted through the European Parliament. The regulation was enacted into European Union law across all 27 Member States in 2008.

Climate changeEdit

Stevenson was president of the European Parliament's Climate Change, Biodiversity & Sustainable Development Intergroup. He has been an outspoken critic of off-shore wind farms.[3][4][5][6][7] Stevenson has recently cited the loss of ocean carbon sinks due to offshore wind turbines as a possible reason not to build them, and outlined the pros and cons of wind turbines in his book, So Much Wind: The Myth of Green Energy.[8][9][10]

IraqEdit

Stevenson was chairman of European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq (2009-2014).[11] Since the foundation of the European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA), a non-governmental and non-profit organisation based in Brussels 4 April 2014, he has acted as its president.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Stevenson is married to Pat, a former editor with BBC Radio Scotland. They have two sons and three grandsons.

BibliographyEdit

  • The Course of History: Ten Meals That Changed The World (2017)
  • Stevenson, Struan (2015). Self-Sacrifice: Life with the Iranian Mojahedin. Birlinn, Edinburgh. ISBN 9781780272887.
  • Stevenson, Struan (2013). So Much Wind: The Myth of Green Energy. Birlinn ltd. ISBN 9781780271132.
  • Stalin's Legacy: The Soviet War on Nature (2012)
  • Crying Forever: A Nuclear Diary (2006)
  • Crying Forever (Russian version) (2006)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Scottish Conservative friend of the Union". Struan Stevenson's official website. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  2. ^ European Parliament MEP's, Struan Stevenson http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/4546/Struan_STEVENSON_home.html
  3. ^ Custom byline text: by Judith Duffy (20 August 2011). "Outrage as Tory says wind farms are 'raping' Scotland". The Herald (Glasgow). Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Struan Stevenson: The Moray Firth offshore turbine plan is a step too far". The Scotsman. 4 September 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Scotland's unsustainable energy policy - Speeches: Scottish Conservatives European Parliament". Struanstevenson.com. 24 August 2012. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Offshore windfarms in Scotland - Speeches: Scottish Conservatives European Parliament". Struanstevenson.com. 10 August 2012. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Offshore windfarms walking the plank to disaster - News Releases: Scottish Conservatives European Parliament". Struanstevenson.com. 9 August 2012. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Wind farms are damaging ocean carbon sinks, by Struan Stevenson - Articles: Scottish Conservatives European Parliament". Struanstevenson.com. 12 April 2012. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Scotland's off-shore energy 'gold rush' will destroy vital coastal ecosystems, says Euro MP - News Releases: Scottish Conservatives European Parliament". Struanstevenson.com. 11 April 2012. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  10. ^ Stevenson, Struan (2013). So Much Wind: The Myth of Green Energy. Birlinn ltd. ISBN 9781780271132.
  11. ^ European Parliament MEP's, Struan Stevenson http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/4546/Struan_STEVENSON_home.html
  12. ^ Conference announces the formation of EIFA in Brussels, 11 June 2014 http://eu-iraq.org/index.php/press-releases/item/208-conference-announces-the-formation-of-eifa-in-brussels

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