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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


In the political groups

  • Member: Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group since 26/06/2020

In the Assembly

  • since 26/06/2020 Substitute - United Kingdom

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

  • Full Member: Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons (since 26/06/2020)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Diasporas and Integration (since 03/07/2020)
  • Alternate of Baroness Doreen MASSEY (Full Member): Sub-Committee on Refugee and Migrant Children and Young People (since 03/07/2020)


Last speeches

30/09/2021 | 16:21:41 Mr Chairman and colleagues, It is a privilege to be standing here to contribute to this debate. I would like to begin by congratulating Ms Anne-Mari VIROLAINEN for this report, which I think is extremely well-balanced. It does set out the duties and responsibilities, both of those who are at the borders, being brought to the borders and those who bring them to the borders, on the one hand, and the infrastructural needs for receiving them in a due and dignified manner. It cannot be surprising... 24/06/2021 | 10:09:22 Thank you Mr President and colleagues. I'm a minister of religion and I worked with diasporas for the whole of my working life. Mr Paulo PISCO's report is most welcome. Time is short and a number of important points have already been made. I'd like to highlight three aspects of this question which might be added to the report. Firstly, there's the importance of remittances: money sent by members of diasporic communities to their families back home. According to Organisation for Economic Co... 22/06/2021 | 09:49:13 Dear Chair and colleagues, In the short time I've been involved in the work of the Council of Europe, I've come to see how the subject we are discussing is at the heart of everything we do and represent. As others have said, the very idea of democracy and the rule of law is underpinned by the existence of a free and independent press, this should be axiomatic and need no further elaboration. But the last things can be more complicated than that. Let me offer a story, a parable in the words of... 21/04/2021 | 11:51:18 Thank you very much, Mister President, and allow me with others to thank Lord David BLENCATHRA and Ms Alexandra LOUIS for their reports. The spirit, as well as the letter, of each of those reports is to be honoured. The Council of Europe strives not only to be critical of wrongdoing, which is of course proper, but also to offer a way to better days and the spirit of these reports is so admirable. I, like my dear friend, Lord George FOULKES, have adopted a prisoner in Belarus. He is just 17... 19/04/2021 | 18:56:52 Madam President, Ms Elvira KOVÁCS is to be congratulated on her report, which captures the essence of the question she addresses, and also provides sensible and effective steps for progress towards the ideal she describes. I have no hesitation at all in endorsing her proposal and in supporting her plea that the eight remaining nations who have not yet ratified this agreement should proceed to do so without further delay. She is quite right that ratification does not of itself guarantee...