I am a Member of the European Parliament for Scotland and a member of the progressive alliance of the Socialists and Democrats.

I was first elected in 1999 as the youngest British MEP in the European Parliament, and I am a strong and committed campaigner, innately pro-European whilst never being afraid to stand up for what's best for Scotland.

Just as you elect local councillors to look after your local community, and MSPs and MPs to represent you at Holyrood and Westminster, voters in Scotland also elect six MEPs to represent them in the European Parliament.

An MEP’s main task is to debate, amend, and ultimately vote on European legislation - just as MSPs in Holyrood vote on national legislation. European legislation is binding across the whole of the European Union.

I am always keen to engage with as many communities and organisations in Scotland as possible and regularly speak with and meet groups from across the country to discuss European matters.

David MARTIN and Catherine STIHLER in the European Parliament in Brussels

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