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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 Dame Cheryl GILLAN (Full Member): Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy (since 24/11/2017)
  • 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

28/01/2021 | 11:52:43 Thank you, Mr President. Firstly, I would like to add my congratulations to the rapporteur. I think he has identified a subject that is very important and the one thing that stands out in the report is the request that we must strengthen what we do to prevent racial discrimination. And of course in this we are guided by two judgments from the European Court of Human Rights. The first is the case of Timishev v. Russia and the second is the case of Lingurar v. Romania. And looking through those... 26/01/2021 | 18:27:26 Mister President, Many people have said that this report is very political. I'm not in the least bit surprised. Having worked with Sir Edward LEIGH in the British Parliament I have to say he is a consummate politician. I think it is appropriate that he has been responsible for producing this. I was struck by something one of the speakers earlier said that we don't actually want use this. Actually, we do want to use this. We want to use it to protect the values and the core business of the... 26/01/2021 | 09:21:35 Thank you very much, Mister President. There's been a lot of talk during the course of this week about what is a core part of the Council of Europe. I think, however we look at it, the European Court of Human Rights and the subject of Human Rights is a core part of our business. We cannot ignore that nor should we try to brush it under the carpet. It's interesting to see that the two States that have the largest number of cases before the European Court of Human Rights are Russia and Turkey... 25/01/2021 | 17:18:05 Thank you very much indeed, that's very kind of you. May I start by being equally kind? I would like to congratulate Mr Michael Aastrup JENSEN on being elected again as Chairman of the Monitoring Committee. I think he does a very good job there, and I think that what I would like to say is about the importance of monitoring. In a values organisation, it's absolutely essential that we monitor and that we monitor everyone. Monitoring has to be seen, not as a big stick that we take to beat a... 20/11/2020 | 17:12:14 Thank you, Mr President. I too would like to congratulate the rapporteur on his report. I think we are all in favour of academic freedom and I say that as somebody who was, in a former existence, a research fellow within a university. So I have experienced this from both sides. There are two points that I would like to make. The first one relates to the arguments against commercialisation. And I would just put down a marker on this, that I do accept the commercialisation can have a bad effect...