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

Speeches in plenary


Zambia, particularly the case of Hakainde Hichilema

18-05-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)05-18(9.1)

Ethiopia, notably the case of Dr Merera Gudina

18-05-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)05-18(9.2)

South Sudan

18-05-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)05-18(9.3)

EU Strategy on Syria (debate)

16-05-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)05-16(10)

EU Strategy on Syria (debate) (2)

16-05-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)05-16(10)

EU Strategy on Syria (debate) (3)

16-05-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)05-16(10)

Situation of Christians in the Middle East (debate)

16-05-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)05-16(11)

Russia, the arrest of Alexei Navalny and other protestors

06-04-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)04-06(4.1)

Reports - as rapporteur


Reports - as shadow rapporteur


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 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 Ethiopia, notably the case of Dr Merera Gudina

17-05-2017 RC-B8-0369/2017

Joint motion for a resolution on Zambia, particularly the case of Hakainde Hichilema

17-05-2017 RC-B8-0361/2017

Joint motion for a resolution on South Sudan

17-05-2017 RC-B8-0358/2017

Joint motion for a resolution on achieving the two-state solution in the Middle East

17-05-2017 RC-B8-0345/2017

Joint motion for a resolution on the EU strategy on Syria

17-05-2017 RC-B8-0331/2017

Joint motion for a resolution on the Dadaab refugee camp

16-05-2017 RC-B8-0300/2017

Motion for a resolution on Ethiopia, notably the case of Dr Merera Gudina

15-05-2017 B8-0369/2017

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

Motion for a resolution on Zambia, particularly the case of Hakainde Hichilema

15-05-2017 B8-0361/2017

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

Motion for a resolution on South Sudan

15-05-2017 B8-0359/2017

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


Intelligence sharing arrangements with Cape Verde

11-05-2017 E-003280/2017

VP/HR - Situation in the South China Sea

23-03-2017 E-002011/2017

VP/HR - Persecution of the Ahmadiyya Community in Algeria

03-03-2017 E-001474/2017

Definition and proof of Comprehensive Sickness Insurance

03-03-2017 P-001467/2017

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

08-02-2017 E-000900/2017

Follow-up to Written Question E-011841/2015

07-02-2017 E-000873/2017

VP/HR - Comments of Horacio Sevilla Borja - UN General Assembly

13-01-2017 E-000160/2017

Sri Lanka - GSP+ status

05-12-2016 P-009188/2016

VP/HR - The case of Nabeel Masih

16-11-2016 E-008597/2016

VP/HR - Persecution of the Bahá'í community in Iran

16-11-2016 E-008596/2016

Written explanations of vote


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.

FinTech: the influence of technology on the future of the financial sector (A8-0176/2017 - Cora van Nieuwenhuizen)


The exponential growth of digital start-ups in recent years has created opportunities for the financial sector to benefit from quicker and cheaper online services. In light of this growth, the Parliament has voted on a Fintech Action Plan, calling on the Commission to support and monitor the financial technology and software industry. It is important that, in order for legislation to keep up with technological advancement and support rather than hinder growth, regulators exchange best practice, improve consumer and investor protection and allow companies to use Fintech solutions in a relaxed regulatory environment at this early stage. Cybersecurity is also deemed to be a top priority in the report and it is vital that Member States and companies across Europe are able to work together to ensure our financial institutions are equipped to battle modern cyber attacks. The UK plays an important part in this fight and the practicalities of continuing this cooperation will need to be discussed carefully during Brexit negotiations. Overall, I am in favour of innovation-friendly solutions which will support the UK’s thriving financial sector which is why I am pleased to vote in favour of this report.

European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning (B8-0298/2017)


The European Qualifications Framework is a sensible method of ensuring comparability and mutual recognition for qualifications and experiences. Qualifications should be recognised by Member States not only to empower those who have worked hard to attain them but also to enable everyone to contribute to economic growth and prosperity. Recognising equivalent qualifications from other countries makes sense and will help people find and keep jobs, increase workplace performance and productivity, and serve countries particularly lacking qualified professionals in some roles. However, steps could be taken to improve the EQF and it is important that the provision of education and training remains a Member State competence and that participation in the EQF is voluntary so that it can remain flexible and reactive. I am therefore pleased to vote in favour of this motion for resolution to revise the EQF to improve the transparency, comparability and portability of people’s qualifications in Europe. I hope that the Brexit negotiations will see continued mutual recognition of qualifications between the EU and the UK.



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