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Lord Simon RUSSELL

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Member of the House of Lords

House of Lords
GB - SW1A 0PW - London
United Kingdom

Working language: English

Declarations of interests:
2021 , 2020 , 2019 , 2018


In the political groups

  • Member: European Conservatives Group and Democratic Alliance since 05/10/2019
  • Member: European Conservatives Group from 11/01/2018 to 04/10/2019
  • Member: Members not belonging to a Political Group from 24/11/2017 to 10/01/2018

In the Assembly

  • since 24/11/2017 Substitute - United Kingdom

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

  • Full Member: Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons (since 24/11/2017)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Migrant Smuggling and Trafficking in Human Beings (since 03/07/2020)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Integration (from 08/12/2017 to 28/01/2020)


Last speeches

21/04/2021 | 12:27:47 Yes can you hear me? I congratulate the two rapporteurs on two excellent and uncomfortably timely reports. I previously spoke on Belarus during our January 2020 session – a coronavirus lifetime ago – to debate on the progress report on the November 2019 parliamentary elections. The PACE monitoring mission was headed by Lord David BLENCATHRA and I had the privilege of being one of its members. That progress report informs and echoes the first of the two reports we are discussing today. I... 27/01/2020 | 15:51:40 I had the great privilege to be part of the monitoring team to Belarus and I'd like to thank  my fellow monitors, the support team and my noble friend, Lord BLENCATHRA. This was the second monitoring mission I've had the privilege of being on in 2019 and they couldn't be more different. The first was the Ukraine, the presidential election, President TRUMP's new telephone pal. There was a high level of engagement, it was a genuine contest and there was a real sense of change. Belarus, by... 02/10/2019 | 18:02:18 Thank you. I would also like to congratulate the rapporteur for a timely and very well-informed report. Terrorism, unfortunately, has become a fact of modern life for many of our member states. While huge focus, funds, and efforts have gone into trying to prevent and forestall terrorist incidents — and quite rightly so — more recently we began to acknowledge the pain, trauma and profound shock and grief experienced by the victims of terrorist incidents. Beyond acknowledgement, we have also... 26/06/2019 | 10:50:54 Thank you, Madam President I would also like to thank and congratulate the rapporteur on her thoughtful and, above all, balanced report. Balanced because it focuses both on what is wrong and what appears to be successful and promising practices to mitigate or even eliminate unnecessary coercion. All of our countries can learn from and should reflect on initiatives such as the personal Ombudsman support model in Sweden, which is firmly client- and patient-focused, the mental health equivalent... 10/04/2019 | 10:32:44 The Council of Europe was set up in the aftermath of the havoc wreaked across Europe and Asia by the racist rhetoric, military conflict, and industrialised euthanasia that gave rise to the legal definition of genocide. Who can forget the flickering black and white images of Hitler and Goebbels raising hate speech to the level of a poisonously effective artform, mesmerising the masses and normalising the denigration and vilification of fellow human beings? I am sure our founders hoped and...