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Lord Donald ANDERSON

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Member of the House of Lords

House of Lords
GB - SW1A 0PW - London
United Kingdom


Working language: English

Declarations of interests:
2019 , 2018


Membership of political groups

  • Member: Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group

Assembly Member

  • since 24/11/2017 Substitute-United Kingdom
  • from 27/11/2015 to 23/11/2017 Representative-United Kingdom
  • from 23/01/2012 to 07/11/2015 Representative-United Kingdom
  • from 29/09/2008 to 23/01/2012 Substitute-United Kingdom

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

  • Full Member SOC: Committee on the Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights
  • Full Member: Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Human Rights


Last speeches

30/01/2020 | 15:57:18 One lesson is clear from the tragedy of Libya and that is to be cautious about the consequences of one's own actions. Eight years ago, the United Kingdom and France with US air support invaded Libya, then they departed after having seen the regime collapse leaving a void for other countries to go into and exacerbating the regional rivalry between Cyrenaica and Tripolitania. I make three points. First, its turbulent history. Libya has no experience of democracy, compromise is an alien concept. I ... 04/10/2019 | 11:20:04 Madam President, I congratulate my colleague Martin WHITFIELD on his presentation, and particularly on his realistic approach. My starting point is clear: we may bewail the migration from East to West Europe but is the most natural thing in the world for individuals, families, young people in particular, to seek a better living and a more prosperous life for them. There are many other examples, of course, in the world. In the Americas, the lure for those in Central America of the lure of el nort... 04/10/2019 | 10:30:33 Mr President, I join enthusiastically in the chorus of approval of this work by Monsieur COMTE and agreement with his conclusions. I was struck, when on Tuesday we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Council in the Opera House that we ended with a part symphony by a great Jewish composer Gustav MAHLER, part of that wonderful flowering of Viennese culture just before the First World War. But when we celebrate MAHLER, when we think also of those of Central Europe as a whole, let us not forget –... 03/10/2019 | 16:32:35 Madame President, At the start of this debate, we had a protest from certain members in the public gallery. I could not help reflecting as to what might happen to those people had they made a similar protest in the Russian Federation. I shall listen very carefully, and have listened, to that which is said by our Russian colleagues, who are now back in the Assembly. I've tried to discern any chink of difference between them in respect of what happened during the Moscow elections; any understandin... 28/06/2019 | 12:05:16 Madam President, As you have rightly said, this is an opportunity to tackle subjects which are not elsewhere on the agenda and often which must be relevant to the work of the Council of Europe - perhaps subjects which are behind the headlines, perhaps too sensitive for a report and which are essentially long term. As too often politicians are accused of short-termism, hence, I propose this subject The population explosion in Africa and its relevance for us in Europe. I accept that it can be a se...