was first elected to the European Parliament in November 1998 following a
by-election victory in North East Scotland. He is currently a member of
the Parliamentís Committees on Fisheries, Economic & Monetary Affairs, and
a substitute member on Internal Market & Consumer Protection. Re-elected
in June 2004, Ian is President of the European Free Alliance group of MEPs
and a Vice President of the 42 strong Greens/European Free Alliance.
of the Scottish National Party since 1968, lan was a successful election
agent for the late Allan Macartney MEP and John Swinney MSP. He had a
distinguished political career in local government as a member of the SNP
administrations in Angus District and Tayside Regional Councils, and was
the first Leader of the SNP administration in the unitary Angus Council.
He also served for a spell as one of Scotlandís representatives on the EU
Committee of the Regions.