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

Speeches in plenary


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

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

Eritrea, notably the cases of Abune Antonios and Dawit Isaak

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


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

2016 Report on Turkey (debate)

05-07-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)07-05(12)

2016 Report on Turkey (debate) (2)

05-07-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)07-05(12)

EU defence plan and the future of Europe (topical debate)

04-07-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)07-04(12)

The case of Afgan Mukhtarli and situation of media in Azerbaijan

15-06-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)06-15(4.1)

Situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (debate)

13-06-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)06-13(11)

Reports - as rapporteur


Reports - as shadow rapporteur


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

REPORT on EU strategy towards Iran after the nuclear agreement

12-10-2016 A8-0286/2016

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 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 Burundi

05-07-2017 RC-B8-0465/2017

Joint motion for a resolution on Eritrea, notably the cases of Abune Antonios and Dawit Isaak

05-07-2017 RC-B8-0464/2017

Joint motion for a resolution on the cases of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and Lee Ming-che

05-07-2017 RC-B8-0459/2017

Motion for a resolution on Eritrea, notably the cases of Abune Antonios and Dawit Isaak

03-07-2017 B8-0470/2017

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

Motion for a resolution on the situation in Burundi

03-07-2017 B8-0468/2017

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

Motion for a resolution on the cases of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and Lee Ming-Che

03-07-2017 B8-0462/2017

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

Joint motion for a resolution on the human rights situation in Indonesia

14-06-2017 RC-B8-0424/2017

Joint motion for a resolution on the case of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli

14-06-2017 RC-B8-0414/2017

Joint motion for a resolution on the humanitarian situation in Yemen

14-06-2017 RC-B8-0407/2017

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


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

VP/HR - Case of Hassan Abduraheem, Petr Jašek and Abdulmonem Abdumawla

08-02-2017 E-000900/2017 Commission

Written explanations of vote


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.

Energy efficiency labelling (A8-0213/2016 - Dario Tamburrano)


I am pleased to vote in favour of the energy efficiency labelling regulation for two reasons. Firstly, the regulation will simplify the current system of labelling, providing clearer information for consumers on the life-cycle costs of energy appliances and enabling them to make a more informed choice for their homes. Secondly, administrative burdens for manufacturers have been kept to a minimum and they will only need to submit information which is strictly necessary for market surveillance to a single database that will cover the whole of the EU, rather than responding to twenty eight Member States’ requests for information. The new system will also remain valid for ten years, further reducing burdens on businesses. This is an example of where the EU brings value, both for consumers and for manufacturers wishing to sell their products across borders. At a time when many believe that the EU only adds administrative burdens to businesses these changes will prove that working together with other European countries can cut red tape, reduce energy consumption and help consumers to make better—informed decisions.

Assessment of Horizon 2020 implementation (A8-0209/2017 - Soledad Cabezón Ruiz)


It is no secret that the UK is a net beneficiary of EU research funding and my constituency of London has so far received EUR 634 M in H2020 grants – the highest share of any UK region. Research Institutes, companies and universities based in London are partnering researchers throughout Europe to share expertise and ideas and work together to produce innovative solutions that can be brought to market. Projects at University College London, for example, where I worked as a senior lecturer, are studying the impact of shale gas fracking, cancer prediction and HIV therapeutic vaccines. I am pleased to vote in favour of this mid-term report into Horizon 2020 which maintains the focus on excellent science. Any attempts to widen the geographical location of research rather than awarding funding to the best science would not deliver the world—leading innovative research the EU needs. For the same reason, it will be vital that during Brexit negotiations a way forward can be found to continue the mutually beneficial partnerships existing in this area. A hard Brexit with no opportunity for the UK to take part in collaborative research would weaken European science across the board.

Protection of vulnerable adults (A8-0152/2017 - Joëlle Bergeron)


The protection of the vulnerable in our society must be a priority for every Member State. Vulnerable adults, both the elderly and those with mental or physical impairments, who are no longer able to manage their personal affairs or property, will often require court orders to put protective measures in place. As a medical doctor specialising in mental illness I know how important it is for the most vulnerable in our society to receive timely and high-quality treatment and for information on these court orders to be shared when necessary.
However, I do not feel that there is sufficient evidence to suggest that there is a problem with the way such protective measures are dealt with across borders. It is also the case that new legislation would duplicate the aims of the Hague Convention. I am convinced that when it comes to the protection of vulnerable adults each individual Member State is best placed to set up their own measures, sharing best practice and encouraging efficient communication between authorities should the need arise. Although I commend the aim of this report I choose to abstain as a greater role for the EU and the Commission cannot be justified.

Digitising European industry (A8-0183/2017 - Reinhard Bütikofer)


. – The digital technology sector in Europe is continuing to thrive as products and services are digitised and innovations in cloud computing, big data, data analytics, robotics and 3D printing add revenue to the booming digital economy. The East London ‘Tech City’ based in my constituency, is an example of where innovative technology is developing at speed. It is clear that inflexible EU regulation could have a stifling effect on the many successful businesses that are providing new services and solutions to EU citizens. I am therefore pleased to vote in favour of this report which encourages the Commission to further the digital single market in Europe and favour industry-led initiatives and ‘light-touch’ legislation which would provide certainty whilst allowing for continued innovation in the sector. In order to maintain access to opportunities within the digital single market for the UK technology sector it will be vital that the issue is discussed in depth during Brexit negotiations.

Cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market (A8-0378/2016 - Jean-Marie Cavada)


The rapid expansion of digital services has meant that effective legislation to protect both consumers and rightholders has been long overdue. This cross-border portability of online content regulation is an important step in delivering a digital single market within the European Union. New rules, applicable in nine months time, will ensure that subscribers to online content services such as Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon Prime etc. will still be able to access their accounts when temporarily abroad. At the same time, rightholders’ revenue will be protected by robust methods to determine a consumer’s place of residence. I am pleased to vote in favour of this regulation, the effects of which will be felt tangibly by many EU citizens who cross borders for both work and holidays. This relationship between consumer rights and the creative industry will need to be carefully considered during future Brexit negotiations to ensure that our world-renowned digital and creative industries continue to flourish and that British citizens do not miss out on advancements in digital rights.



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