Some of north east Fife’s best assets and attractions were highlighted by the area’s new MP when he made his Maiden speech in the House of Commons.
Stephen Gethins became the second of the 182 new MPs to make the speech last week, on the same day of the Queen’s speech.
Stephen told the House of Commons that north east Fife’s food and drink industry was a by-word for excellence and quality and reminded them that the constituency is the home of golf.
He also highlighted the groundbreaking work of the University of St Andrews and took the time to praise his predecessor Menzies Campbell who he said had served the people of North East Fife with distinction, wishing him well in his retirement.
He said:“Mr Speaker I would like to take the opportunity of referring to my predecessor Sir Menzies Campbell who served the people of north east Fife with such distinction over many years. He is held in fond affection by people there and I know that also to be the case among members, of all political persuasions across the House. I know that members in this House, like my constituents, will want to wish him a happy and fulfilling retirement.
Stephen went on to say, “Mr Speaker I am sure that Sir Menzies will not mind me saying that we would not agree on everything. However we will agree that it is a privilege to serve the people of North East Fife. It is a wonderful constituency and a diverse one, running from Newburgh right round the coast to Leven.
“Within that wide and varied constituency lies Scotland’s oldest University, founded in 1411, and still a centre of education excellence. Indeed I know that there are members from across this Chamber who have benefitted from the opportunity to study at the university. St Andrews remains an outstanding and ground breaking institution. Indeed since the last parliament was dissolved the University announced that it would be building a clean biomass facility at Guardbridge that will make it Europe’s first carbon neutral University.
“North east Fife is also home to some of our finest industries such as tourism as the home of golf and of course the food and drink sector. The food and drink industry has gone from strength to strength in recent years and we should give credit to the Scottish Government in its work promoting that industry. More importantly credit should go to the excellent work of food and drink entrepreneurs and food and drink from north east Fife is now a by-word for quality.”