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Mr John HOWELL

Mandates

In the political groups

  • Treasurer: European Conservatives Group and Democratic Alliance since 27/01/2020
  • Auditor: European Conservatives Group and Democratic Alliance from 05/10/2019 to 26/01/2020
  • Auditor: European Conservatives Group from 22/01/2018 to 04/10/2019
  • Member: European Conservatives Group from 27/11/2015 to 21/01/2018

In the Assembly

  • since 27/11/2015 Representative - United Kingdom

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

  • Vice-President of the Assembly: Bureau of the Assembly (since 25/01/2021)
  • Vice-President of the Assembly: Standing Committee (since 25/01/2021)
  • Chairperson of national delegation: Standing Committee (since 25/01/2021)
  • First Vice-Chairperson: Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development (since 27/01/2020)
  • Member: Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee) (since 24/06/2019)
  • Full Member: Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development (since 24/11/2017)
  • Full Member: Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media (from 25/01/2016 to 23/11/2017)
  • Full Member: Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (from 27/11/2015 to 24/01/2016)
  • Member (Co-rapporteur on Turkey): Sub-Committee on Conflicts between Council of Europe Member States (since 27/01/2020)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on the Europe Prize (since 06/12/2017)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Education, Youth and Sport (from 25/01/2016 to 23/11/2017)
  • Alternate of ZZ… (Full Member): Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy (since 04/04/2021)
  • Alternate of Dame Cheryl GILLAN (Full Member): Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy (from 24/11/2017 to 04/04/2021)
  • Alternate of Mr Tommy SHEPPARD (Full Member): Sub-Committee on the Middle East and the Arab World (since 28/01/2020)
  • Alternate of Ms Kerry MCCARTHY (Full Member): Sub-Committee on Media and Information Society (from 26/01/2017 to 23/11/2017)
  • Alternate of Ms Paula SHERRIFF (Full Member): Sub-Committee on Media and Information Society (from 13/10/2016 to 22/01/2017)
  • Alternate of Mr Phil WILSON (Full Member): Sub-Committee on the Middle East and the Arab World (from 14/12/2017 to 26/01/2020)
  • Alternate of Sir Roger GALE (Full Member): Sub-Committee on Media and Information Society (from 25/01/2016 to 12/10/2016)

Interventions

Last speeches

30/09/2021 | 10:01:01 Thank you, Madame President. We can spend as long as we like talking about the major political issues that the crisis in Afghanistan has generated. We can spend as long as we like analysing the threats of terrorism and all of that, and all of that can come to some good I am sure. But if we want to really understand the humanitarian crisis that is faced by the people of Afghanistan, let me give you a practical example of how a group of people have been affected. The rapporteur has already... 29/09/2021 | 11:04:55 Thank you very much, Mister President. I want to raise a number of concerns on the participatory democracy paper. The rapporteur I think quite correctly identifies a number of problems, but these are not wholly associated with climate change. For example, one of the problems he raises is how do we engage in politics with young people? How do we get them to participate in politics? How do we take their ideas and develop those ideas into policy? The solution that the paper comes up with is... 28/09/2021 | 17:58:16 Thank you very much, Mr President. I have to say to the rapporteur that I have several concerns about this report. Before coming to speak here, I took the view of a number of female colleagues about the issue, and many of the things that are being proposed for women, they were concerned about – because what we need to do is to avoid the suggestion that women cannot compete with men in their own right – of course, they can and I encourage them to do that. An example of that, which is not being... 28/09/2021 | 11:36:53 Thank you very much, Madam President. I think what we have just heard shows that we need to read these reports with a great deal of care. There is a tendency in this Council to see things from a left-of-centre perspective. I disagree with that perspective. The rapporteur was right. This is a question of political choice. I was surprised, for example, at the last meeting that we had, to see a paper that, I believe, set out programme of nationalisation of so much of European industry. I do not... 27/09/2021 | 16:41:40 When I last spoke about this issue in a debate here, I said that I have friends on both sides of the debate. I have friends who are Armenian, friends who are Azeri, and I am glad that I do. And I would like to make sure that we can still have those friends on both sides. But this is not a time for us to look back into detailed recriminations, into detailed examination of what has happened in the the area in conflict. It is a time for us to look to the future, to look to make sure that...

Activities