SNP names local Euro-vote candidates

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SNP PRESIDENT Ian Hudghton MEP and Stephen Gethins, a former special adviser to the First Minister on European Affairs, have been selected by the SNP to contest next year’s European elections.

Ian Hudghton MEP lives in Forfar and since 1998 has served in the European Parliament where he is a member of the powerful European Parliament Fisheries and Internal Market Committees.

Ian is the Leader of the SNP Group in the European Parliament and President of the Scottish National Party. Before becoming an MEP Ian Hudghton was Leader of Angus Council.

Stephen Gethins is from Perth where he attended Perth Academy and joined the SNP there in 1993.

He studied International and European Law at the University of Dundee.

Over the past four years Stephen has worked as a special adviser to Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond on European affairs as well as rural affairs, energy and climate change.

Previously he worked as an adviser in the EU Committee of the Regions, working with local authorities from across Europe and at Scotland Europa in Brussels helping Scottish organisations influence and gain funding from EU institutions.

He also worked on conflict resolution in the Balkans and former Soviet Union.