We had the last of our hustings yesterday evening in Partick Burgh Hall in Glasgow and much as it has been hard work I've relished every moment of it. If you weren't able to catch us below is a copy of the speech I have been making up and down the country:
"I’m Dr Aileen McLeod. I’m here today because I want to be returned as an SNP MEP in this June’s Euro-elections.
For almost five years now I’ve worked in the EP as Head of Policy for Alyn Smith. In that time I have come to understand how the EP works, and, more importantly how we – SNP MEPs – can best make the EU work in the interests of the people of
I want to be elected as an MEP because I want to put my experience and knowledge to work for the party and for the people of
Ultimately that can only fully be done by being an independent member of the EU and taking our place at
And to tell them that Only the SNP can speak for
The SNP has made a difference in
The SNP is rightly proud of the contribution its MEPs have made in the past. Dr Winnie Ewing, Dr Allan Macartney and Professor Neil MacCormick left a rich legacy of achievements. Ian and Alyn have built on these. And I want to take that legacy forward. I believe I can. I know how this European Parliament works. I know how to use the Parliament, and our position in it, to shape European Union policies.
EU policy is about more than the European Parliament. It is about tapping into the Commission and the delegations of member states that share our policy goals. It is about using networks of influence and building coalitions of support around our objectives. It is hard work. It is about defending our corner and pushing SNP policies. That is what I have been doing since I’ve been in
From my perspective
Just look at the headline policies that the EU will legislate on in the near future:
- Energy policy
- Climate change policy
- Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the CFP
- Re-regulation of the banking and financial services sector.
Each policy will affect
We have to make sure that the EU legislation reflects
We are Europe’s centre of renewable energy – we can export green technology as well as green energy; we have one of the EU’s largest financial services sectors – a sector that has been a victim of mismanagement by the London Government; we have a farming sector keen to be at the heart of discussions about the future of the CAP; and we have the world’s most ambitious Government when it comes to tackling the causes of global climate change as is now recognised by the EU.
Of course there are downsides – we only have to look at the disastrous Common Fisheries Policy – but as an independent Member State with a veto that would never happen again. Only as an independent country can we make sure that never happens again.
I want to see an Independent
As an MEP I want to listen to the Party at home and make sure that I represent all our interests in
I want to make
In conclusion, I have the experience, the expertise, the commitment, the passion and the know-how to make