9 May 2003
OLD RAYNE PUPILS PUT MEP IN "HOTSEAT"
Ian Hudghton visited Old Rayne School in Aberdeenshire as part of the
Primary 4-7 pupils' project on the European Union.
The 25 pupils provided a "hotseat" for Mr.Hudghton during a quickfire
question and answer session on subjects ranging from the advantage of
language learning to the imminent enlargement of the EU.
Commenting on the experience Mr. Hudghton said:
"Whether we like it or not, the EU affects daily life in Scotland in many
ways, and it is commendable that our schools, as in Old Rayne, are
encouraging students to become more aware of how decisions are made and to
understand something of what the European Union is actually about."
SNP CONTINUES FIGHT FOR FISHING COMMUNITIES
COMMISSION ADMITS COD PLAN "WILL RUIN FLEETS SUCH AS THE SCOTTISH FLEET"
Expressing anger on the day the European
Commission published their long-term cod recovery plan, SNP Euro-MP Ian
Hudghton MEP today pledged that the SNP will continue to lead the fight
for Scotland's fishing communities. The pledge came after the Commission
acknowledged in a press release that their proposal "will ruin fleets such
as the Scottish fleet". Mr Hudghton went on to repeat SNP demands that
Scotland leads the UK delegation at forthcoming fisheries talks in
Mr Hudghton said:
"The Commission has today finally
conceded that it wants to destroy the Scottish fleet - and with it
centuries of tradition. Franz Fischler claims that the Scots have had the
biggest impact on cod stocks, yet allows other countries' fleets to
continue the obscenity of industrial fishing unabated. This deliberate
attempt to target one nation's fishing heritage is totally unacceptable.
"The Scottish fleet is being targeted
because the UK can be depended upon to sell them out at every possible
occasion. The UK cannot be allowed to go through with this final sell-out.
The SNP will fight for our fishing communities at every possible occasion.
"In last week's Scottish election the
SNP increased their share of the vote in Scotland's main fishing areas. We
have been confirmed as Scotland's fishing party. And the new Scottish
government must take into account the policies which the fishing
communities voted for.
"Key amongst these is the demand that
the Scottish Fisheries Minister leads for the UK at future Fisheries
Council meetings. Whoever forms the next government must make sure that
this demand is met - or be guilty of our coastal communities' final
Notes for editors
• Commission press release Memo/03/97
acknowledges that the plans "will ruin certain fleets such as the Scottish
fleet and leave others unaffected".