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Chief Whip of Scottish National Party to Speak at Portland State
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 4:00pm
IE3 Global Internships, the international internship program of the Oregon University System, is pleased to announce that Brian Adam, will be visiting Portland State. Adam is a member of the Scottish Parliament, and the chief whip for the Scottish National Party (SNP), which won a historic victory in Scotland's national elections in May 2007. For the first time, the SNP is the majority party in Scotland and the party envisions a progressive agenda for Scotland, and at the center of its national policy they seek independence from Great Britain.

Adam will address "Scotland's Road to Independence," followed by a question and answer session. The lecture will take place in the Smith Memorial Student Union, room 328/9 (1825 SW Broadway). For more information please visit

The event is hosted by the Office of International Affairs and the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government.

Brian Adam was born June 10, 1952, in Newmill, Banffshire, Scotland. He attended Aberdeen University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, and a Master of Science in Clinical Pharmacology. Before entering public life, he worked as a biochemist and forensic toxicologist, and was involved in politics as a trade union activist. Adam's first elected position was as a local councillor, a post he held for 11 years, before being elected as a regional representative for the North East of Scotland in 1999. In 2003, he won election to the Scottish Parliament as the member for the constituency of Aberdeen North. Safely defending his seat in 2007, he increased his majority to over 3000 votes. Adam holds the key position of chief whip in the Scottish Parliament, ensuring that party members vote together to support the SNP agenda for Scotland. He convenes and serves on numerous parliamentary committees, including those dealing with the Energy, Economy and Tourism Committee, and also focusing on natural resource policy, media and culture in Scotland. Brian Adam is married and has five children.