• Charles
  • European Conservatives and Reformists Group
  • Member
  • United Kingdom Conservative Party
  • Date of birth: 25 September 1957, Aldershot, Hants

Speeches in plenary


Situation of people with albinism in Malawi and other African countries

05-10-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)10-05(3.1)

The cases of Crimean Tatar leaders Akhtem Chiygoz, Ilmi Umerov and the journalist Mykola Semena

05-10-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)10-05(3.2)

Situation in Maldives

05-10-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)10-05(3.3)

Turkey-EU relationship (debate)

12-09-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)09-12(17)

Situation in Venezuela (debate)

12-09-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)09-12(18)

The cases of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and Lee Ming-che

06-07-2017 P8_CRE-REV(2017)07-06(8.1)

Eritrea, notably the cases of Abune Antonios and Dawit Isaak

06-07-2017 P8_CRE-REV(2017)07-06(8.2)


06-07-2017 P8_CRE-REV(2017)07-06(8.3)

Reports - as rapporteur


Reports - as shadow rapporteur


REPORT on EU political relations with Latin America

20-07-2017 A8-0268/2017

REPORT on EU political relations with ASEAN

28-06-2017 A8-0243/2017

REPORT on Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations

13-06-2017 A8-0220/2017

REPORT on the 2016 Commission Report on Serbia

22-03-2017 A8-0063/2017

REPORT on the implementation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy

30-11-2016 A8-0360/2016

Opinions - as rapporteur


OPINION on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part

29-11-2016 AFET_AD(2016)592207

OPINION on the prevention of radicalisation and recruitment of European citizens by terrorist organisations

18-09-2015 AFET_AD(2015)560548

Opinions - as shadow rapporteur


OPINION on the EU-Africa Strategy: a boost for development

05-09-2017 AFET_AD(2017)606203

OPINION on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Union Resettlement Framework and amending Regulation (EU) No 516/2014 of the European Parliament and the Council

01-06-2017 AFET_AD(2017)601073

OPINION on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council setting up a Union regime for the control of exports, transfer, brokering, technical assistance and transit of dual-use items (recast)

31-05-2017 AFET_AD(2017)602925

OPINION on the future of ACP-EU relations beyond 2020

31-08-2016 AFET_AD(2016)582441

OPINION on Towards a new international climate agreement in Paris

01-09-2015 AFET_AD(2015)560685

OPINION on Private sector and development

24-06-2015 AFET_AD(2015)552030

OPINION on the recommendations to the European Commission on the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

01-04-2015 AFET_AD(2015)546630

Motions for resolutions


Joint motion for a resolution on the situation in the Maldives

04-10-2017 RC-B8-0549/2017

Joint motion for a resolution on the situation of persons with albinism in Africa, notably in Malawi

04-10-2017 RC-B8-0543/2017

Joint motion for a resolution on Myanmar, in particular the situation of Rohingyas

13-09-2017 RC-B8-0525/2017/rev. 1

Joint motion for a resolution on Gabon: repression of the opposition

13-09-2017 RC-B8-0512/2017

Joint motion for a resolution on Cambodia, notably the case of Kem Sokha

13-09-2017 RC-B8-0506/2017

Motion for a resolution on the situation of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar

11-09-2017 B8-0529/2017

NB: This motion for a resolution is available in the original language only.

Motion for a resolution on Gabon: repression of the opposition

11-09-2017 B8-0522/2017

NB: This motion for a resolution is available in the original language only.

Motion for a resolution on Laos: notably the cases of Somphone Phimmasone, Lod Thammavong and Soukane Chaithad

11-09-2017 B8-0519/2017

NB: This motion for a resolution is available in the original language only.

Written declarations


Written declaration on commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust and support for the creation of the Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Center

12-12-2016 P8_DCL(2016)0136 Lapsed


Ioan Mircea PAŞCU , Petras AUŠTREVIČIUS , Bas BELDER , Michał BONI , Rebecca HARMS , Frédérique RIES , Charles TANNOCK , Hannu TAKKULA , Boris ZALA , Janusz ZEMKE

Date opened : 12-12-2016
Lapse date : 12-03-2017
Number of signatories : 135 - 13-03-2017

Parliamentary questions


VP/HR - The situation in Venezuela

24-08-2017 E-005268/2017 Commission

British officials in the European institutions

12-07-2017 E-004692/2017 Commission

VP/HR - Religious minorities in Pakistan

11-07-2017 E-004647/2017 Commission

VP/HR - South China Sea - Permanent Court of Arbitration

21-06-2017 E-004125/2017 Commission

The use of Aluminium Composite Panels (ACPs)

21-06-2017 P-004121/2017 Commission

Increasing levels of homelessness in Europe

07-06-2017 E-003757/2017 Commission

Intelligence sharing arrangements with Cape Verde

11-05-2017 E-003280/2017 Council

VP/HR - Situation in the South China Sea

23-03-2017 E-002011/2017 Commission

VP/HR - Persecution of the Ahmadiyya Community in Algeria

03-03-2017 E-001474/2017 Commission

Definition and proof of Comprehensive Sickness Insurance

03-03-2017 P-001467/2017 Commission

Written explanations of vote


Prison systems and conditions (A8-0251/2017 - Joëlle Bergeron)


With over 1,600,000 people in prison in Europe in 2014 and 14 prisons based in my constituency of London the quality of our prison systems and conditions deserves a great deal of attention. In order for the objective of imprisonment to be met - to see that justice is done, to protect society and to rehabilitate offenders - we need effective spaces that uphold the human dignity of inmates whilst ensuring that crimes are punished. This is a difficult balance to achieve and whilst we should be working to share best practice and encourage other Member States to aim for excellence in this area, the prison system is and should remain a purely Member State competence according to the principles of subsidiarity. This is why I am voting against this report which goes too far in calling for specific actions and funding. Cooperation between European prisons is an important issue however, and will remain relevant once the UK has withdrawn from the EU as new systems will be required to manage prisoner transfers and share information between the judiciaries of each Member State.

The fight against cybercrime (A8-0272/2017 - Elissavet Vozemberg-Vrionidi)


With the explosion of digital technology and our reliance on it in almost every walk of life we must have a cyber security policy that is fit for purpose. Digital systems, given their nature, do not respect geographical borders. This is both a huge advantage and an open door to cybercrime on a massive scale. 500 million potential customers are just a click away from a purchase thanks to the digital single market yet the interconnectedness of the digital world can mean that attacks could have far-reaching impacts. This is why the UK cannot meet its cybersecurity objectives in isolation and needs to work together with EU neighbours to share information about attacks as they happen and help to build up each other’s digital resilience. Europe’s cyber security is only as strong as its weakest link. I am pleased to vote in favour of this report conscious of the fact that the UK must not withdraw from efforts to improve cybersecurity across Europe post Brexit. A step back from such cooperation would have a detrimental effect on our leading financial institutions in London for example who benefit from information sharing and assistance from other organisations facing similar challenges in Europe.

The future of the Erasmus+ programme (B8-0495/2017)


The 30th anniversary of the Erasmus scheme, one of the EU’s culture and education projects that offers the greatest added value to the UK, should be celebrated. Since its conception in 1987 an estimated 600,000 young people from the UK have taken part and boosted their communication skills, cultural awareness and confidence as a result. Studying alongside students of other nationalities in a foreign country and welcoming foreign students to Britain is a powerful and effective way not only to preserve our close partnership and cooperation with our European neighbours but also to reduce unemployment and boost the economy. My constituency of London feels these benefits keenly given the high number of foreign students coming to study at our world-class universities. It is important therefore that Erasmus+ maintains its focus on helping people to study, train and volunteer abroad and its funding should not be diverted to other schemes such as the European Solidarity Corp or student eCards. I am pleased to vote in favour of this Resolution and I hope that UK citizens will be able to continue to take part in educational schemes in other European countries following Brexit.

The functioning of franchising in the retail sector (A8-0199/2017 - Dennis de Jong)


I am pleased to vote in favour of this own-initiative report into the functioning of franchising in the retail sector. My constituency of London is a thriving and growing business centre where all types of business models can and do succeed. Opening up the single market to enable franchise opportunities could provide exciting opportunities for those wanting to start their own business. However, it is clear that there is a lack of information on the functioning of the franchise sector across Europe and the implications of e-commerce also need to be addressed to ensure that both the franchiser and franchisee are rewarded on a fair basis.
In order to increase market confidence in franchising I support the call in this report for the Commission to examine whether there are hurdles preventing successful franchise opportunities across Member States. The outcome of such a review should be examined closely by the British Government to ensure that such opportunities are still afforded to entrepreneurs in the UK following Brexit.

EU accession to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (A8-0266/2017 - Christine Revault d'Allonnes Bonnefoy, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt)


Violence against women and girls and domestic violence is a gross violation of human rights and I oppose it in all its forms. It entrenches and reinforces inequalities and every effort must be made to eradicate it. I am pleased that the UK signed the Istanbul Convention in 2012 and remains committed to implementing and ratifying it. However, although this interim report makes many important statements, it goes beyond the principles of subsidiarity in some respects and encroaches on Member State competence. Calls to speed up ratification negotiations at the Member State level for example are unhelpful where complex changes to domestic legislation may be necessary. For this reason I am abstaining on this report but make it clear that this is not because I disagree with the aims and ambition of the rapporteurs who want to make Europe a safer place where the rights of women and girls are protected.

HIV, TB and HCV epidemics in Europe on the rise (B8-0436/2017)


I am pleased to support this resolution which outlines the EU’s strategy to combat three infectious disease which are interlinked, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and hepatitis C. It is deeply concerning that despite economic development and advances in healthcare that my constituency of London is known as the tuberculosis capital of Western Europe with over 40% of UK cases. This is despite the excellent work being carried out by mobile TB diagnosis trucks, healthcare professionals and organisations making huge efforts to raise awareness and improve treatment and prevention. Similarly, London has the highest number of people living with HIV in the UK. The public health challenge posed by these infectious diseases is pressing and of particular concern given the impact on communities on the margins of society who can be hard to reach. Tuberculosis in particular can be seen as a barometer of health inequalities as it is the most vulnerable in society who are most at risk; those who are homeless, have chronic ill health and poor nutrition. Consequently, efforts by the European Commission to launch a multidisciplinary plan in coordination with Member States to standardise screening, testing and treatment protocols to address these diseases is welcome.

Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations (A8-0220/2017 - Elmar Brok, Silvia Costa)


Whilst I recognise that there is an important role for culture to play in EU external policy to promote stability and reconciliation, and as an engine for sustainable socio-economic and human development, this report moves towards using European culture as a single entity. It would be impossible to unify the different cultural histories, languages and practices of twenty eight Member States and to manage their external cultural diplomacy from one central point as this report seems to suggest. In my constituency of London world-class orchestras, theatre, film studios and sport organisations are setting standards of excellence. As British culture is exported so are British values which leads to improved mutual understanding with other countries. Every EU Member State has similar cultural products to offer and this soft power tool is vital in their engagement with the world. Any attempt to treat such cultural diversity as one block will dilute that which makes each country unique. The principles of subsidiarity and proportionality have to be respected in the field of culture and the Commission should not be seeking further integration in this area which is why I am voting against the report.

A longer lifetime for products: benefits for consumers and companies (A8-0214/2017 - Pascal Durand)


Durable products that are manufactured to last will provide a good cost-benefit ratio for consumers and contribute towards developing a more sustainable economy. However, it would place an unreasonable and crippling burden on businesses should they be liable for never-ending repair of their products, and efforts should be focused instead on ensuring that when a product has truly come to the end of its life, materials can be reused and remanufactured within a circular economy. There are several initiatives in place which promote this objective and individual Member States are already taking steps to adapt. For example, in the city I represent, the London Infrastructure Investment Plan includes an ambitious target for a circular economy for London by 2050. A recent report has found that reusing, repairing and offering products for rent rather than purchase could create up to 40 000 jobs in London and add GBP 7 billion to the London economy as well as cutting down on waste. I am pleased to vote in favour of this report which suggests voluntary labelling initiatives as a means to extend the lifetime of products and contribute towards a more sustainable manufacturing sector.

Online platforms and the Digital Single Market (A8-0204/2017 - Henna Virkkunen, Philippe Juvin)


. ‒ It is certainly the case that the digital sector is expanding at pace, and that one of the dilemmas facing policy-formers today is knowing how to define the digital innovations on the market. Without a clear definition of an online platform, for example, any EU legislation risks being a blunt instrument which will limit the growth of the digital economy rather than promote it.
This report bemoans that fact that Europe’s tech sector is lagging behind other parts of the world and encourages the development of a start-up friendly environment. Yet it also calls for a legislative framework to govern the way online platforms can work and innovate. Instead, the best conditions to promote growth are those grounded in legal certainty, with a minimised administrative burden and without unrealistic expectations of what platforms can and cannot be responsible for.
As the representative for London, which is leading the way in Europe with digital start-ups clustering together in Tech City, I voted against this overly-interventionist report. Instead of hasty regulation we must adopt a measured approach and work with the technology sector to form an environment where consumers can be kept safe, criminal activity can be quashed and innovation can flourish.

Binding annual greenhouse gas emission reductions to meet commitments under the Paris Agreement (A8-0208/2017 - Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy)


. ‒ I am delighted to vote in favour of this Effort Sharing Regulation, through which EU Member States have agreed to work together substantially to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions over the next 10 years. The aim is to cut emissions by 30% in 2030, with each Member State taking a share of the burden for reducing emissions in the transport, waste and agriculture sectors.
In light of the recent decision by the USA to cancel its participation in the 2015 Paris Agreement, this vote is a timely one, reaffirming the EU’s commitment to keep global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius. It also anticipates the participation of all 28 EU Member States and sets out the way forward for continued cooperation. It is essential that we continue to work together in a coordinated manner to tackle global problems such as climate change, and it will be important that such agreements continue even after the Brexit talks have concluded.



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