Scottish Conservative Euro candidate elected to Brussels

26 May 2014

The Scottish Conservative lead European parliamentary candidate has been elected to the European Parliament with an increase in the party’s share of the vote.

Dr Ian Duncan will replace Struan Stevenson in Brussels after securing 17.22% of the vote, an increase of 0.40%.

The Scottish Conservatives polled 231,330 votes, the highest in European elections since 1989 – a quarter of a century.

As someone who has previously worked in the European Parliament, he believes that EU reform is needed to get the best deal for Scotland and the UK.

Ian supports the Prime Minister’s plan to re-negotiate improved terms for Britain in the EU before offering an in-out referendum in 2017.

No one under 56 has ever had their say on European Membership as the last referendum was in 1975.

Recent polling shows that almost six in ten Scots want a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union.

Scottish Conservative MEP Dr Ian Duncan, 41, said:

“I am delighted the people of Scotland have placed their trust in me and I intend to repay that trust when I get to Brussels.

“I was only 16-years-old the last time the Scottish Conservatives got a higher number of votes in the European elections.

“Struan Stevenson is a tough act to follow but I am looking forward to building on his excellent work, particularly in getting a better deal for fishermen.

“This is a very exciting time in the history of our position in Europe and we have an opportunity to secure real change to our relationship with the EU.

“The people of Scotland clearly want change and I will go to Brussels determined to fight for their interests.

“From fishermen in the Shetland Islands and farmers in Dumfries, to those working in the financial sector in Edinburgh, my role is to represent everyone.

“A Europe that works for us not against us is my aim and I will continue to listen to the people of Scotland to ensure that it is their interests, their concerns and their desires that I am championing in Brussels.”

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP said:

“This was a good night for the Conservatives in Scotland – our vote went up, bucking the trend for Conservatives across the UK.

“More people cast their vote for the Scottish Conservatives in this election than at any Euro poll since 1989 – a quarter of a century.

“I’m ambitious for this party and I want today’s result to be a platform on which we can build for the General Election.

“We have more work to do to reconnect with voters – but our pro-union, low-tax, personal choice message is gaining ground across the country.

“Ian Duncan has already fought for this country in Europe, as the Scottish Parliament’s head man in Brussels.

“He now goes there as a supremely qualified MEP, ready to make a difference.

“Ian’s got guts and determination to burn.

“He’ll fight hard for Scotland’s voice to be heard and I am proud to send Ian as the Scottish Conservative’s representative to the European parliament.”






The Scottish Conservatives received the following number of votes in European elections since 1989:
1989 – 315,032
1994 – 200,041
1999 – 195,296
2004 – 209,028
2009 – 185,794
2014 – 231,330
The Scottish Conservatives increased their share of the vote in 24 out of 32 councils in 2014:
Aberdeen City
Western Isles
Dumfries and Galloway
East Dunbartonshire
East Lothian
North Ayrshire
North Lanarkshire
Scottish Borders
South Ayrshire
South Lanarkshire
West Lothian
Dr Ian Duncan biography:
Ian was born and raised in Alyth, Perthshire, where his family farmed raspberries and strawberries. He holds a degree in geology from St Andrews and a doctorate in palaeontology from Bristol University.
Ian interned at Harvard and the Smithsonian Institution in the US, and was a teaching fellow at Bristol before joining BP as a policy analyst, specialising in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Republics.
He was then appointed Deputy Chief Executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, a position he held for four years, and later Head of Policy & Communication for the Scottish Refugee Council.
Ian was the head of the Scottish Parliament’s Office in Brussels for seven years before returning to Scotland in 2011 to take up the role of Clerk to the Parliament’s European Committee and EU Advisor to the Parliament.
He resigned from the Parliament to pursue the Conservative Party’s nomination to succeed Struan Stevenson in the European Parliament.
Ian joined the Conservative Party while at St Andrews, and has campaigned in Scotland and England for various Conservative candidates.
In the 2003 Scottish election, he stood for the Parliamentary seat of Aberdeen South.
1. Ipsos Mori found that 58% of Scots back a referendum on the EU, compared to 36% who oppose one. 63% of SNP voters said they would like a referendum and 52% of Scottish Labour voters
2. The most recent Scottish Social Attitudes survey on Scotland’s EU membership asked Scots: “Do you think Britain’s long-term policy should be… “
The results were:
to leave the EU?: 20%
to stay in the EU and try to reduce the EU’s powers: 40%
to leave things as they are: 25%
to stay in the EU and try to increase the EU’s powers: 8%
to work for the formation of a single European government: 3%