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Lord Don TOUHIG (United Kingdom, SOC)

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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:
2020 , 2019 , 2018


In the political groups

  • Member: Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group since 15/04/2024
  • Member: Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group from 24/11/2017 to 03/06/2020

In the Assembly

  • since 15/04/2024 Substitute - United Kingdom
  • from 24/11/2017 to 03/06/2020 Substitute - United Kingdom

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

  • Full Member: Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development (since 15/04/2024)
  • Chairperson: Sub-Committee on Children (from 30/01/2020 to 03/06/2020)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Children (from 28/01/2020 to 03/06/2020)
  • Alternate of Lord Andrew ADONIS (Full Member): Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy (since 15/04/2024)
  • Alternate of Mr John PRESCOTT (Full Member): Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development (from 24/11/2017 to 03/06/2020)
  • Alternate of Baroness Doreen E. MASSEY (Full Member): Sub-Committee on Children (from 24/01/2018 to 27/01/2020)
  • Alternate of Mr John PRESCOTT (Full Member): Sub-Committee on Public Health and Sustainable Development (from 06/12/2017 to 23/01/2018)


Last speeches

30/01/2020 | 16:46:45 President, Colleagues,  Can I immediately apologise for not being here at the start of the debate. I do apologise, I thought that the debate was starting a bit later. It is my fault entirely, and I meant no disrespect.  Can I congratulate Ms Serap YAŞAR on this report and thank you for the way she willingly engaged and entered into discussions to consider the amendments that we put before her and also thanks to the Secretariat for all the hard work that they have done. Across Europe, we have... 28/01/2020 | 17:23:57 Madam President, To live in a society where there is no questions asked and none are tolerated, is not to live in a democracy or know the blessings of freedom. The American Richard Feynman summed it up well when he said "I would rather have questions that can't be answered, than answers that cannot be questioned". Freedom of the press ensures that we can question. That our society is free, that people are informed. And we must always fight to defend a free press, recognizing its vital part in... 02/10/2019 | 16:43:57 Mr President, I once borrowed some money: £7 million to be precise. That's about €10,000 at today's rate. Not for me personally, I was Chair of the Finance Committee of my county, and the county of Gwent was the first to borrow from the European Investment Bank. We obtained a loan at the most favourable interest rates and it helped us fund some key, socially-beneficial projects. Today, after 10 years of austerity, local government in the United Kingdom is fighting to maintain basic services... 26/06/2019 | 11:00:00 Madam President, Secluding, physically restraining or over-medicating people experiencing mental health crisis is still fairly widespread. This shameful abuse of human rights is often supported by health professionals under the mistaken belief "it's for the patient's own good". Our Rapporteur sums it up rather well in a quote in her report from CS Lewis: "Of all the tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised 'for the good of the victim' may often be the most oppressive." But Madam President... 10/04/2019 | 10:45:35 Across Europe, we live in times in which feelings that so many of us had thought outdated appear to be re-emerging and spreading. Pope Francis spoke those words when he reflected on the rising tide of intolerance in our society and on our continent. He went on to speak about the feelings of suspicion, fear, contempt and even hatred towards individuals or groups who are judged to be different based on their ethnicity, nationality or religion. In the United Kingdom, we have witnessed the...