I currently sit as a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, as well as an alternate member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. I work to influence legislation in these areas and ensure that any new developments suit Scotland’s needs.
Foreign Affairs Committee
Since my re-election in 2014, I’ve been serving as a full member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. As you might guess, this is a key player in the design and implementation of the EU’s foreign policy, deciding on the way European funds are used to promote the EU’s interests and values abroad. The committee closely monitors the performance of other EU institutions, particularly the European Commission.
Agricultural and Rural Development Committee
Including my time as an alternate member, I’ve been on the Agricultural Committee since January 2007. Since then, I’ve been working on topics such as meat imports, electronic tagging and attempting to tackle the unfair power dynamics between farmers and retailers.
Due to the nature of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the large percentage of EU budget that it takes up, this committee is one of the European Union's most powerful. Also, the decisions that it makes affect all of us, whether through food prices or the development of our rural areas.