OurSeas Marine Hustings 2021

The OurSeas Marine Hustings 2021

Thursday 8th April 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

In the lead up to the Scottish Elections the OurSeas coalition is hosting Marine Hustings to hear parties’ approaches to Marine Conservation.

The OurSeas coalition comprises over 100 organisations campaigning for better protection of the marine environment, including COAST and Eco Savvy in Arran.

Marine Charity, Open Seas, has organised this Hustings event on behalf of the coalition to hear from candidates for the Scottish Parliamentary election 2021 about the actions they propose to take to reverse the decline of our marine environment, and the need for its sustainable use.

The online event will be chaired by Environmental Journalist, Rob Edwards.


Claudia Beamish MSP – Scottish Labour Party
Claudia was the Scottish Labour Party’s Spokesperson for Climate Change, Environment and Land Reform between 2011 and 2021 she is currently Scottish Labour’s COP26 spokesperson and has championed Blue Carbon in Parliament for many years.

Mark Ruskell MSP – Scottish Green Party
Mark is lead candidate for the Mid Scotland and Fife region. He was elected to represent the region first in 2003−2007, then in 2016. In the current parliament he is the Greens’ spokesperson on Climate, Energy, Environment, Food and Farming.

Alistair Carmichael MP – Scottish Liberal Democrats
Alistair was born and brought up on Islay. He was first elected in 2001, has served as Deputy Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats since 2012 and was the Secretary of State for Scotland between 2013 and 2015. He first joined the Scottish Liberal Democrats, in part, because they desire to care for our natural environment.

John Cox – ReformUK
John is currently chair of North East Scotland Fisheries Development Partnership. He previously set up the Scottish Seafood Association, was chair of the Moray Firth Inshore Fisheries Group and was chair of the Scottish Fish Merchants Federation.

Suzanne Martin – Women’s Equality Party
Suzanne Martin is originally from Fife and currently works for a national mental health charity, which she joined in 2018. She is passionate about achieving gender equality and addressing the climate crisis. She is WEP’s Movement Builder in Scotland, leading on branch and membership development and is standing as a candidate on the Glasgow list.

Scottish National Party – tbc
Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party – tbc

You will be asked to submit a question when you register, the topic of the event is Scottish Marine Conservation and Sustainable Fisheries and we welcome any questions you have about these issues. Questions will be selected by the chair and organising committee prior to the event and those selected will be invited to ask them of the candidates.

To register for the event click here