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Lord George FOULKES

Mandates

In the political groups

  • Member: Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group since 01/08/2017
  • Member: Socialist Group from 27/11/2015 to 31/07/2017

In the Assembly

  • since 26/06/2020 Representative-United Kingdom
  • from 27/11/2015 to 25/06/2020 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

In the committee(s) and sub-committee(s)

  • Full Member: Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media (since 26/06/2020)
  • First Vice-Chairperson: Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media (since 11/10/2018)
  • General Rapporteur on media freedom and safety of journalists: Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media (from 23/01/2018 to 27/01/2020)
  • Full Member: Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy (from 24/11/2017 to 25/06/2020)
  • Full Member: Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media (from 26/06/2017 to 23/11/2017)
  • Full Member: Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development (from 27/11/2015 to 22/01/2017)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on relations with the OECD and the EBRD (from 29/06/2017 to 13/12/2017)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Education, Youth and Sport (since 28/06/2017)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Media and Information Society (since 28/06/2017)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on the European Social Charter (from 27/01/2016 to 25/06/2017)
  • Alternate of Ms Kerry MCCARTHY (Full Member): Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media (from 27/01/2020 to 02/06/2020)
  • Alternate of Mr Ian MURRAY (Full Member): Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media (from 25/06/2018 to 26/01/2020)
  • Alternate of Mr Liam BYRNE (Full Member): Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media (from 24/11/2017 to 20/06/2018)
  • Alternate of Lord David BLENCATHRA (Full Member): Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy (from 25/01/2017 to 23/11/2017)
  • Alternate of Lord David BLENCATHRA (Full Member): Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy (since 26/06/2020)
  • Alternate of Mr Geraint DAVIES (Full Member): Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development (from 23/01/2017 to 25/06/2017)
  • Alternate of Dame Cheryl GILLAN (Full Member): Sub-Committee on relations with the OECD and the EBRD (since 14/12/2017)
  • Alternate of Mr Geraint DAVIES (Full Member): Sub-Committee on Public Health (from 27/01/2016 to 20/04/2016)
  • Alternate of Mr Geraint DAVIES (Full Member): Sub-Committee on Environment and Energy (from 21/04/2016 to 25/01/2017)
  • Alternate of Mr John PRESCOTT (Full Member): Sub-Committee on the Europe Prize (from 27/01/2016 to 25/06/2017)

Interventions

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... 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... 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... 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... 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...

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