Aileen in Parliament

The European Parliament currently comprises of 751 MEPs who represent the length and breadth of Europe. My most visible work takes place in either formal committee meetings or in the Parliament itself when it sits in Strasbourg or Brussels. As you can imagine, the number of MEPs means that when we do get to speak we don't normally get to do so for very long.

I speak on issues affecting Scotland and on more wide-ranging reports of the European Parliament. These are written to question the European Commission or Presidency about policy, topical issues or international affairs. My latest are available here


Much of my work takes place outside of the parliamentary chamber but even within its confines I do far more than make speeches. I regularly contribute to motions that are voted upon by my colleagues and submit written questions. I also take advantage of being allowed to write a contribution directly into the minutes of a debate once every session. I do this when I am unable to speak on an issue relevant to Scotland due to speaking time constraints. I also submit a written statement explaining why I voted the way I did if the motion is particularly contentious.

My latest parliamentary activity can be seen here.