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In the political groups

  • Member: European Conservatives Group and Democratic Alliance since 05/10/2019
  • Member: European Conservatives Group from 27/11/2015 to 04/10/2019

In the Assembly

  • since 27/11/2015 Substitute - United Kingdom

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

  • Full Member EC/DA: Committee on the Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights (since 29/04/2022)
  • Alternate EC/DA: Committee on the Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights (from 05/10/2019 to 29/04/2022)
  • Alternate EC: Committee on the Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights (from 24/01/2019 to 04/10/2019)
  • Second Vice-Chairperson: Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy (from 21/01/2019 to 26/01/2020)
  • Alternate EC: Committee on the Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights (from 23/01/2017 to 20/01/2019)
  • Full Member: Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy (since 27/11/2015)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on External Relations (from 27/01/2016 to 13/12/2017)


Last speeches

15/03/2022 | 15:45:59 Thank you, Mr President. This Council should hang its head in shame, but now it has a chance to redeem itself. We should be ashamed of when Russia invaded Georgia in 2008 the whole western world did nothing. This organisation did nothing. That was the first big green light to Putin to do whatever he liked. So Putin then took over the Crimea and two provinces in Eastern Ukraine and we did nothing. When Russia left Council of Europe, what did we do? We went to them with our begging bowl and... 25/01/2022 | 10:39:24 Good morning, Madam president. In my years serving in this honourable Assembly, I can say the report by Mr Fourat BEN CHIKHA is unique. Unique because I have never before seen such a biased, distorted, utterly wrong work of fiction than his comments about the United Kingdom. If it goes unamended, then we'll bring this Assembly into disrepute. The United Kingdom may not have been amongst the first to decriminalise homosexual acts and permit gay marriage, but we were decades ahead of some other... 21/04/2021 | 12:31:19 Mr President, First of all I am grateful to everyone who has spoken in this excellent debate and I particularly welcome the comments, the unanimous comments from members on my report. I wish to thank Ms Ingjerd SCHOU from Norway, Mr Tiny KOX, Lord George FOULKES, Mr Koloman BRENNER from Hungary, Mr Oleksii GONCHARENKO, Lord Leslie GRIFFITHS from the United Kingdom and Ms Laima Liucija ANDRIKIENĖ from Lithuania, Mr Pierre-Alain FRIDEZ from Switzerland, Ms Nicole TRISSE from France, Mr John... 21/04/2021 | 11:11:18 Dear colleagues, Elections in Belarus have never met international standards of freedom and fairness. That is a sad fact which we are familiar with in the Assembly, as we have observed several elections in Belarus, the last one being the parliamentary elections in November 2019, when I had the privilege to chair the Assembly’s election observation mission. Therefore, it came as no surprise when last August, in the aftermath of yet another election which was neither free nor fair, the citizens... 27/01/2020 | 12:45:13 May I give congratulations on your splendid election as our President and thank you for the good wishes that wheelchair people may one day get onto the floor of the Plenary. First of all, I want to thank the 18 members of the Assembly representing all political groups of the Assembly and 16 Council of Europe member states which did such an excellent job of observation in Belarus. The delegation was accompanied by legal experts from the Council of Europe Venice Commission, who gave us some...