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House of Commons
GB - SW1A OAA - London
United Kingdom


Working language: English

Declarations of interests:
2020 , 2019 , 2018


Membership of political groups

  • Treasurer: European Conservatives Group and Democratic Alliance

Assembly Member

  • since 27/11/2015 Representative-United Kingdom

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

  • Member: Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee)
  • Full Member: Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development
  • First Vice-Chairperson: Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development
  • Member (Co-rapporteur on Turkey): Sub-Committee on Conflicts between Council of Europe Member States
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on the Europe Prize
  • Alternate of Dame Cheryl GILLAN (Full Member): Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy
  • Alternate of Mr Tommy SHEPPARD (Full Member): Sub-Committee on the Middle East and the Arab World


Last speeches

30/01/2020 | 11:25:19 Thank you Mr President. I'd like to start by looking at the basis on which this report was produced. Paragraph 9 of this report highlights a number of issues. First it highlights that Azerbaijan is reforming its judicial system including the prison system and the criminal justice system. Second it highlights that Azerbaijan is making progress on judicial independence and the reform of the prosecutor's office. Thirdly it highlights that the number of people being arrested is declining and that ju... 29/01/2020 | 10:59:18 Thank you Mr President. I welcome this report and the resolution and recommendations. Let me start by raising two points. First the right to freedom of thought conscience and religion is a fundamental right that requires comprehensive protection. Religion of belief are crucial to our identity. Asking one not to act in accordance to one's religion or belief is contrary to existing international legal standards. A soldier may kill in accordance with existing laws of war and armed conflict but it i... 28/01/2020 | 17:17:11 Thank you very much Madam President. I'd like to start off as indeed other speakers have by congratulating the rapporteur Lord George FOULKES on an excellent report and for the comprehensive way in which this issue has been tackled. I think of particular interest to me was the way in which he set out in individual countries what is happening and how that has has come through in terms of what has happened to individual journalists. The particular thing that struck me was the situation in Malta, b... 28/01/2020 | 10:50:03 Thank you, Mr President. I would like to refer people to the report and to paragraph 127. It says in the report: "the need for continuing reforms of the judiciary is clear and recognised." It goes on to say it is undeniable that the Polish justice system and judiciary are and have been facing systemic problems and challenges that affect the rule of law, especially with regard to the efficiency of the administration of justice. So what we are talking about here is not challenging the need for ref... 04/10/2019 | 11:03:10 Thank you, Madam President.  I congratulate my fellow colleague Martin WHITFIELD for taking over this report and for presenting it. And I'm sure, having looked through it, there is a lot of interest to all of us in this report. In particular, I was struck by the amount of time that was given to the the provision of language training and I think that that is an important part of this report and of the the agenda that is here. So there is a lot that we can learn from this report and a lot of good ...