Ian Hudghton

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Person.png Ian Hudghton   WebsiteRdf-icon.png
(politician)
Ian Hudghton.jpg
Born1951-09-19
Forfar, Angus, Scotland
NationalityScottish
PartyScottish National Party
A member of the European Parliament

Employment.png President of the Scottish National Party

In office
September 2005 - Present

Ian Hudghton (born 19 September 1951, Forfar) is an MEP for Scotland from Scottish National Party.


Background

Ian Hudghton was first elected to the European Parliament in 1998, 'in the 1998 by-election following the death of Dr Allan Macartney. Prior to this he served as one of Scotland's four members of the EU Committee of the Regions. He was a successful campaign co-ordinator and election agent organising memorable victories for John Swinney and the late Allan Macartney.'[1]

According to his own website:

An active member of the SNP since joining Forfar Branch in 1967, Ian was elected to the SNP controlled Angus District Council in 1986, serving eight years as Housing Convener. From 1994-96 he was Depute Leader of the minority SNP administration of Tayside Regional Council. In 1996 Ian became full-time Leader of Angus Council, prior to which he ran a decorating business for over twenty years. He is married with a son and daughter... In July 2004 Ian was elected President of the European Free Alliance and Vice President of the Greens/EFA, then the 4th largest political group in the new, enlarged, European Parliament. He currently serves on the Fisheries, Transport & Tourism and Single Market & Consumer Protection Committees, using every opportunity to highlight the benefits which independent nation status for Scotland would bring![2]

Affiliations

Former Affiliations

Record and Controversies

Declaration of Financial Interests

Record of Parliamentary Votes

  • Voted against the directive on "establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy" (A5-0027/2000). The directive covers all water management aspects in order to achieve a 'good status' of all waters by 2015.[5]
  • Voted against the directive on "national emission ceilings for certain atmospheric pollutants" (A5-0063/2000). The amendment allows setting less ambitious national emission ceilings for sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), ammonia (NH3) and volatile organic compounds (VOC), which would result in more damage to human health and the environment.[6]
  • Voted against the Commission White Paper on "Strategy for a future Chemicals Policy" (A5-0356/2001). The amendment helps avoid the necessary precautionary approach towards some chemical substances that are not proven to be completely safe.[7]
  • Voted in favour of the directive on "waste electrical and electronic equipment" (A5-0100/2002). The amendment sets higher reuse and recycling rates for IT and telecommunication equipment.[8] Rejected due to lack of absolute majority.
  • Voted in favour of the report on "Community guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network" (A5-0135/2002). The Trans-European Network of Transport (TEN-T) is a network of so-called 'transport corridors' through Europe. This amendment calls for a full Strategic Environmental Assessment of these transport corridors and calls on the Commission to improve methods for analysing the environmental and economic impact of the TEN-T.[9]
  • Voted in favour of the regulation concerning "traceability and labelling of genetically modified organisms and traceability of food and feed products produced from genetically modified organisms" (A5-0229/2002). The amendment allows customers the right to choose GM free food.[10]
  • Voted in favour of the directive on "environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage" (A5-0145/2003). According to the amendment, polluters have to pay for environmental clean-up, and it supports an EU-wide regime which makes polluters liable for the damage they cause to wildlife, water and land.[11] Adopted.

Personal Information

Curriculum Vitae

  • Kingsway Technical College, Dundee, City and Guilds Full Technological Certificate (1969-1976).
  • Proprietor of small business (1976-1996).
  • Housing Convenor, Angus District Council (1986-1996).
  • Depute Leader, Tayside Regional Council (1994-1996).
  • Leader, Angus Council (1996-1998).
  • Member of the European Parliament (since 1998).

Resources

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References

  1. Hughton, Ian, Learn more about Ian Hudghton MEP, accessed 17 November 2008.
  2. Hughton, Ian, Learn more about Ian Hudghton MEP, accessed 17 November 2008.
  3. European Parliament, Declaration of Members' Financial Interests: Ian Hudghton, 13 January 2009, accessed 07 February 2009.
  4. European Parliament, Declaration of Members' Financial Interests: Ian Hudghton, 15 June 2009, accessed 03 November 2009.
  5. Friends of the Earth, EU Vote Watch, accessed 02 February 2009.
  6. Friends of the Earth, EU Vote Watch, accessed 02 February 2009.
  7. Friends of the Earth, EU Vote Watch, accessed 02 February 2009.
  8. Friends of the Earth, EU Vote Watch, accessed 02 February 2009.
  9. Friends of the Earth, EU Vote Watch, accessed 02 February 2009.
  10. Friends of the Earth, EU Vote Watch, accessed 02 February 2009.
  11. Friends of the Earth, EU Vote Watch, accessed 02 February 2009.