ROGER Mullin, former MP for the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency, has been appointed Special Envoy by Westminster’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Explosive Threats.

Mr Mullin was closely involved in work in this field in the last Parliament and was particularly keen to ensure that the dangers of these devices were at the forefront of discussions.

The appointment follows Mr Mullin’s trip to Iraqi Kurdistan, and his work with the United Nations Mine Action Group to tackle the issue of landmines and IEDs, particularly in areas of the Middle East.

Commenting on the appointment, Nigel Ellway, Secretary to the APPG on Explosive Threats, stated: “Given Roger’s experience as former chair of the Group, and the importance of continuity in our partnership with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy’s project in Kurdistan, the Group felt that it would be highly appropriate to appoint him as our Special Envoy.”

Mr Mullin said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Special Envoy for the APPG on Explosive Threats.

"I hope to be able to continue the work I was doing in Iraqi Kurdistan in conjunction with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, and in some way contribute to peace building in the Middle East.”