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Sir Edward LEIGH

Photo member


House of Commons
GB - SW1A OAA - London
United Kingdom


Working language: English

Declarations of interests:
2020 , 2019 , 2018


Membership of political groups

  • Member: European Conservatives Group and Democratic Alliance

Assembly Member

  • since 24/11/2017 Representative-United Kingdom
  • from 12/11/2010 to 07/11/2015 Substitute-United Kingdom

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

  • Full Member: Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights
  • Second Vice-Chairperson: Committee on Rules of Procedure, Immunities and Institutional Affairs
  • Alternate of Sir Christopher CHOPE (Full Member): Sub-Committee on the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights


Last speeches

29/01/2020 | 10:27:19 On behalf of the European Conservatives Group, I would like to say that we support this report and we believe in the concept of reasonable accommodation. In reply to the Socialist spokesman, reasonable accommodation does not mean that you take away the rights of other people. Let me just give you one example in a hospital, for instance. If you wish to require or have an abortion in a hospital, under the law of most countries in the world, you are entitled to receive that service. What we should ... 28/01/2020 | 11:41:47 Respect for democracy and the rule of law are of course fundamental to the Council of Europe. I believe that this report actually undermines the Council's ideals. I believe it fails to protect the pluralism that makes our continent so rich in its diversity. In both tone and content it seeks to replace pluralism by enforcing conformism with social liberal ideas. Now with the limited time I want to highlight just one example from this report. Paragraph 22 notes the results of the election for the ... 01/10/2019 | 10:56:53 Madame President. Of course, we all agree and applaud paragraph 3 of this report, which tells us that disclosing serious failings in the public interest must not remain the preserve of those citizens who are prepared to sacrifice their personal lives and those of their relatives, as too often happened in the past. And indeed, there are still instances in Europe and in this family of nations, where whistle-blowers who expose corruption and wrong dealing in the highest places are protected, but we... 26/06/2019 | 18:30:48 The British Conservatives have warm feelings towards Malta. Many British people visit Malta. Malta is a member of the Commonwealth. Malta played a crucial role in the Second World War, and we hesitate to criticise Malta in any respect, where we have many friends. So this is a difficult report for us, but we must speak out where journalists are openly murdered and nothing happens. In the early second century AD, the Roman poet, Juvenal, asks a question:"quiz custodiet ipsos custodes?" - "who will... 25/06/2019 | 11:41:39 We all agree that the Council of Europe has a budget crisis but it should not solve this budget crisis by compromising its principles, by letting in a state which does not abide by its core principles. The Council of Europe should return to the principles on which it was founded 70 years ago and should concentrate on fighting the evils of fascism and communism and totalitarianism and violence and the denial of human rights. The truth is, Madam President, there are huge opportunities for savings....