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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 29/01/2020)
  • 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)


Last speeches

24/06/2021 | 18:09:20 Thank you, Mister President. I would like to start by congratulating the rapporteur for having introduced a very important subject. I would agree with Mr Michael Aastrup JENSEN that transparency in the funding of politics and of political parties is essential if we are going to ensure that democracy can function and that it can function without interference. That sounds very simple, it sounds very obvious but I'm afraid that it's not obvious or very simple but it is very essential. This needs... 23/06/2021 | 17:45:22 Thank you, Madam Chair, I am here and it's a pleasure to follow my colleague from Iceland and to agree with almost everything that she has said. I think this is an excellent report, because we should not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia. Crimea is Ukrainian territory and the thing that we need to keep our focus on is the Ukrainian political prisoner. For me the concern revolves around the human rights abuses that have been taking place on the Crimean Tatars. Crimean Tatars... 22/06/2021 | 17:18:28 I can agree with the Rapporteur on a number of points. Let me start with one of those. It is that in the UK we are actively considering the experience and circumstances of people right across society. There's no doubt that we will all be changed by the experience of Covid-19. We can ensure that we'll emerge stronger and more united as a result. In the UK the government is committed to levelling up and making the UK a country where equality of opportunity exists for everyone. We are committed... 22/06/2021 | 10:39:50 I'm afraid that I must take a somewhat different stance to those who have spoken before, as I find this report rather confusing. I'm sure that the confusion comes out of the fact that earlier in my career I had worked for the BBC as a presenter, so I do understand the pressures that journalists are under. But I'd like to think that I ask questions as a presenter to elicit a response rather than to make or to score political points. Now I am all for transparency in the media and I fully... 21/06/2021 | 18:13:15 Thank you, Madam President. It is interesting that we have created so much controversy over this report. I agree that we, as politicians, need to be able to express our mandates as fully as possible, but there is also a limit on what can be said in many countries as the report points out. In my own country, for example, we are not allowed to speak about a court case that is being sent to trial or is on trial. This is sensible to prevent political interference in a judicial matter and that we...