DUNBAR Liberal Democrat activist, Jacquie Bell, attended the recent European Liberal Democrats Congress in Dublin as part of the UK Delegation and was one of two Scots in attendance.
The main theme and debate of the congress was ‘Energy Transition’ which was of particular interest to Jacquie as a director of Sustaining Dunbar.
There was much discussion about the future of windpower, biomass and nuclear power in the development of energy provision across Europe. Jacquie noted the issues of local wind turbines and Torness in the debate. She also noted that Queen Margaret College was fuelled by biomass from wood produced by Buccleuch Estates.
Jacquie also took part in discussion by the European Liberal Women’s Network on the question of quotas being sought for women in commercial business and politics. Norway has been at the forefront of female quotas in business and there was much discussion as to whether this should be the way ahead in other parts of Europe where women find it difficult to have their voice heard.