About Sturan

Born
Ballantrae, Scotland – 1948

Married to Pat with two children, Ryan and Gregor.

Education
Cambusdoon Preparatory Schol, Ayr

Strathallan School, Forgandenny, Perthshire

West of Scotland Agricultural College Dip.Ag

Honorary Doctor of Science at the State Medical Academy – Kazakhstan (2000)

Career
1968-2004 Director J & R. Stevenson Ltd (farming & tourism)

1986-1990 Director Demarco Gallery (Edinburgh)

1992-1994 Director Saferworld (foreign affairs & defence Think Tank)

1994- 1999 Director PS Communication Consultants Ltd (government relations, media relations, PR)

Politics
1970 -1974 Girvan District Council

1974 -1992 Kyle & Carrick District Council

1986 -1988 Leader of the Administration KCDC

1986 -1988 Conservative Group Leader – COSLA

1987 – PPC – Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley

1992 – PPC Edinburgh South

1997 – PPC Dumfries

1992 -1997 Chairman Scottish Conservative Parliamentary Candidates Association

1992 -1997- Chair Scottish Conservative Arts & Heritage Committee

1992 -1997 Scottish Tory Agriculture Spokesman

1997 -1998 Scottish Conservative Spokesman on Environment, Transport, Media, Arts, Heritage and Tourism

1998 – Candidate – N.E.Scotland Euro By-election

1998 – Chairman Tuesday Club

1999 – Elected MEP for Scotland

1999 – Front Bench Spokesman on Fisheries

1999 – Front Bench Spokesman on Scottish Farming

2002-2004 – President EP Fisheries Committee

2004 – EP Spokesperson on Fisheries

2004 – EP Deputy Spokesman on Agriculture

2005 – Vice President EPP-ED Ruling Group of 267 MEPs

2005 – Chairman of ED Group of 40 MEPs

Other interests and hobbies
Contemporary art, music, theatre, opera, poetry.

Hill walking and Gun Dogs.

Current Appointments:
Member of the European Parliament Fisheries Committee
Member of the Delegation to the EU-Chile Joint Parliamentary Committee
Member of the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly
Substitute Member of the European Parliament Agriculture Committee
Substitute Member of the Delegation for relations with the People’s Republic of China

General
A well known political activist and campaigner of many years’ standing, Struan knocked Labour into third place in the North East Scotland European by-election in November 1998 then went on to top the Tory Euro Candidates List, winning one of the eight Scottish seats in the European Parliament in the June 1999 Euro elections . He was elected President of the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament in January 2002 and was re-elected to the European Parliament in June 2004 when he was appointed Conservative Front-Bench Spokesman on Fisheries and Deputy Spokesman on Agriculture. In February 2005 he was elected Vice President of the ruling EPP-ED Group of 267 MEPs and Chairman of the ED Group of 40 MEPs.

Struan is a well-known broadcaster and author of frequent feature articles in the press. He has campaigned widely to attract aid for the victims of the Soviet nuclear testing programme in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan where he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate and the Freedom of the City of Semipalatinsk for his work. In 2004 he won a $50,000 prize for his entry in an International Essay Competition sponsored by the US-based John Templeton Foundation, for a feature about the suffering of the people of Semipalatinsk. He donated the entire $50,000 to Mercy Corps Scotland to assist with their work in Semipalatinsk. He has also fought to ban the importation of cat and dog fur into the EU, from Asia, and to stop the one billion Euro annual subsidies to EU tobacco growers.

Struan is married to Pat, an editor with BBC Radio and has two sons – Ryan, who graduated in politics from Newcastle University and works for Newsbase, a Scottish-based international e-media company and Gregor, who graduated in English and Film Studies at Glasgow University in 2002 and is a creative writer with a major Scottish advertising agency.