Member of the House of Lords
House of Lords
GB - SW1A 0PW - London
Working language: English
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President... 10/04/2019 | 10:45:35 Across Europe, we live in times in which feelings that so many of us had thought outdated appear to be re-emerging and spreading.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...
14/01/2020 | Doc. 15032 | Committee Opinion Missing refugee and migrant children in Europe
05/02/2020 | Doc. 15077 | Motion for a resolution For an assessment of the means and provisions to combat children's exposure to pornographic content 04/02/2020 | Doc. 15073 | Motion for a resolution The Parliamentary Assembly’s role in developing a systematic approach to cope with global epidemic outbreaks 03/07/2019 | Doc. 14877 | Written declaration Right to know and access to information in Italy 27/06/2019 | Doc. 14932 | Motion for a resolution Support for the independent civil society of Azerbaijan 27/06/2019 | Doc. 14933 | Written declaration Co-operation with Kazakhstan must be reconsidered in response to its rigged presidential election and mass arrests
30/01/2020 | Doc. 15020, vote on the draft text for resolution Reported cases of political prisoners in Azerbaijan 30/01/2020 | Doc. 15020, vote on the draft text for recommendation Reported cases of political prisoners in Azerbaijan 30/01/2020 | Doc. 15023, vote on the draft text for resolution Concerted action against human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants 30/01/2020 | Doc. 15023, vote on the draft text for recommendation Concerted action against human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants 30/01/2020 | Doc. 15026, vote on the draft text for resolution Missing refugee and migrant children in Europe