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Lord Richard BALFE

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In the political groups

  • Member: Members not belonging to a Political Group since 29/01/2020
  • Member: European Conservatives Group and Democratic Alliance from 05/10/2019 to 28/01/2020
  • Member: European Conservatives Group from 27/11/2015 to 04/10/2019
  • Member: European Conservatives Group from 05/10/2014 to 07/11/2015
  • Member: European Democrat Group from 07/04/2014 to 04/10/2014

In the Assembly

  • since 27/11/2015 Substitute - United Kingdom
  • from 07/04/2014 to 07/11/2015 Substitute - United Kingdom

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

  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Human Rights (since 22/03/2021)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights (since 22/03/2021)
  • Chairperson: Sub-Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights (from 22/01/2019 to 27/01/2020)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Human Rights (from 21/01/2019 to 24/01/2021)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights (from 21/01/2019 to 24/01/2021)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Crime Problems and the Fight against Terrorism (from 26/01/2017 to 24/01/2018)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (from 26/01/2016 to 24/01/2018)
  • Chairperson: Sub-Committee on the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (from 26/01/2016 to 23/01/2017)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Human Rights (from 28/09/2015 to 07/11/2015)
  • Chairperson: Sub-Committee on the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (from 27/01/2015 to 07/11/2015)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (from 27/01/2015 to 07/11/2015)
  • Alternate of Sir Christopher CHOPE (Full Member): Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (since 01/06/2018)
  • Alternate of Mr Alex CHALK (Full Member): Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (from 24/11/2017 to 31/05/2018)
  • Alternate of Ms Suella FERNANDES (Full Member): Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (from 25/01/2016 to 23/11/2017)
  • Alternate of Mr Huw MERRIMAN (Full Member): Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (from 27/11/2015 to 24/01/2016)
  • Alternate of Mr Jeremy BROWNE (Full Member): Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination (from 26/01/2015 to 07/11/2015)
  • Alternate of Mr James CLAPPISON (Full Member): Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (from 07/04/2014 to 07/11/2015)
  • Alternate of Mr David DAVIES (Full Member): Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination (from 07/04/2014 to 25/01/2015)

Interventions

Last speeches

30/09/2021 | 16:11:21 Thank you, Chairman. What we're facing today is the unintended but – to an extent – predictable consequences of the policies that we have adopted. We shouldn't be surprised that someone like president Lukashenko is behaving the way that he is, because this is the way he's behaved all the way along towards his own people and towards refugees; most of whom incidentally have paid to get as far as Belarus. I would like us to have a common position, but I also think we need to keep an eye on the... 28/09/2021 | 12:21:03 Thank you Madam President, Inequality is a bit like sin, isn't it? We're all against it, but on occasions, we quite enjoy some of the byproducts thereof. I put forward the argument that a certain level of inequality is inevitable but it's in the sensible interests of the State to promote equality in certain areas; if only to get the best out of the people. Because if you have discrimination in education, in health, and in other areas, you actually end up not functioning well as a society... 20/11/2020 | 15:06:44 Can I firstly say that we're in a transition phase and at the beginning of next year we might still face a situation in which different countries have different rules, both for travel and the quarantining after travel. So, we have to look at the transition period and that means that some people will work remotely and others will be able to be there. Now, we've had this situation in the House of Lords for the last two months and we can be made to work and you can as remote voting works. I... 04/10/2019 | 11:30:37 Thank you, Madam President. We're within a few days of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. That recalls to me a conversation I had in this very chamber where the European Parliament used to meet with Jacques Delors, probably the greatest president Europe has ever had. And we referred to Ronald REAGAN's statement "tear down this wall Mr GORBACHEV" and one of the things that we agreed on was that the consequences of tearing down the wall would be a very fundamental change in... 03/10/2019 | 16:07:57 Thank you, Madame President.  Can I associate myself also with the condolences to the French government on the dreadful attack today. I voted for Russia to return to this Assembly. I welcome them back, but most of all, I welcome the fact that they wish to join us. They know what this Assembly stands for and the very thoughtful speech by Madame CHRISTENSEN, I thought came very close to where we should be. We need to look carefully at each other but not in a condemnatory way, but in a helpful...

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