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Lord George FOULKES


Membership of political groups

  • Member: Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group

Assembly Member

  • since 27/11/2015 Substitute-United Kingdom
  • from 23/06/2003 to 23/08/2005 Substitute-United Kingdom
  • from 21/04/1980 to 01/05/1981 Substitute-United Kingdom

MP's role(s) in Committee(s) and Sub-Committee(s)

  • Full Member: Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy
  • First Vice-Chairperson: Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Education, Youth and Sport
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Media and Information Society
  • Alternate of Ms Kerry MCCARTHY (Full Member): Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media
  • Alternate of Dame Cheryl GILLAN (Full Member): Sub-Committee on relations with the OECD and the EBRD


Last speeches

28/01/2020 | 19:52:34 Chair, I have been very impressed by the eloquence of the debate in both the Committee and in the Plenary and the almost unanimous support for the report. I hope journalists who are covering it will note that politicians from every part of Europe and every party have been supporting them in their freedom and in the right to report facts impartially. I hope that they'll cover our debate today. The criticism that has come to the report I think was dealt with by Mr José CEPEDA who said almost every... 28/01/2020 | 16:53:50 Madame President, Thank you very much indeed and apologies for the delay, I had to move from another part of the chamber. Madame President, it's been a great privilege and the pleasure for me to carry out this report on behalf of the Parliamentary Assembly because media freedom and journalists' safety has regularly come back to the Council of Europe and to the Assembly in particular. And the reason is very clear, the situation in the Council of Europe region is not improving. In fact, it's worse... 01/10/2019 | 10:40:34 Chair, it's a great pleasure to follow another United Kingdom delegate Mr John HOWELL, who is one of the few decent conservatives left in our country. However, he paints a somewhat rosy picture of the situation in the United Kingdom. The situation in the United Kingdom has deteriorated substantially recently. It's very difficult to get answers to freedom of information requests. The prime minister tried to shut down parliament for five weeks so that we couldn't ask any questions and he had to be... 26/06/2019 | 19:11:06 I would like to congratulate Pieter OMTZIGT also on his excellent report. I heard today that Pieter himself is now under personal attack because of his report. And I think it's doubly disgraceful that someone doing our work, on behalf of the Council of Europe, in the way that Pieter has done, should be subject to personal attack. I think we should all support him. I'm the general rapporteur on media, freedom and safety of journalists for this Parliamentary Assembly. We've got reports, sadly, tha... 25/06/2019 | 12:22:40 Madam President, we have been a bit too preoccupied with Russia, just as the United Kingdom is a bit too preoccupied with Brexit. I want to take a wider perspective. This is my third time as a delegate here. I was here in the 1980s, at the beginning of this century, and here I am again. Grayer and whiter than when I started. My feeling, however, is that it's almost exactly the same as when I first came here, it has hardly changed at all. This whole organisation is very conservative, very sclerot...