The Council of Europe debated a report called "Strengthening the decision-making process of the Parliamentary Assembly concerning credentials and voting". Essentially this was about allowing the Russians back in with no cionditions on their membership. It was the Russians who had chosen to excl
In this speech I challenged the Council of Europe to look at what it does and how it does it. This was in the continued absence of the money owed by the Russians. There was a tendency for it to do too much and not concetrate on its core values. Requests for more money from existing members was
I asked the President of Portugal what the positon was regarding amtisemtism in Portugal and more widely in Europe. This followed my visit with the Council to Lisbon when I had observed the jewish community paying for heavy guards to proetct their synagogues.
I gave a speech in this debate to empathise with the calls to protect children. I pointed to the importance of the Lanzarote Convention the first international legal instrument aiming to prevent, criminalise and combat all forms of sexual abuse and exploitation of children.
In speaking in a debate on Syria I praised the actvities of Jordan in accepting so many Syrian refugees. Jordan is the 10th driest country in the world and is running up against its own resources in taking in so many refugees.
Pushback is the growing practice of making life difficult for refugees to stop them entering or staying in a country. It is inhuman and degrading. The demands made on countries to tackle this problem are going to require resources and money. The report is silent on where that money is coming f
I asked the French foreign minister a question relating to her speech in which she said that we should be true to our common values. I asked how the current acivitity of the Russians showed any identification with our common values.
It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Buck. I wish to speak about Europa School UK in Culham in my constituency, but this is not an attempt to get one over on the Minister—quite the opposite.
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