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Geoffrey VAN ORDEN Geoffrey VAN ORDEN
Geoffrey VAN ORDEN
United Kingdom

Date of birth : , Waterlooville

9th parliamentary term Geoffrey VAN ORDEN

Political groups

  • 02-07-2019 / 31-01-2020 : European Conservatives and Reformists Group - Member of the Bureau

National parties

  • 02-07-2019 / 31-01-2020 : Conservative Party (United Kingdom)


  • 02-07-2019 / 12-01-2020 : Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
  • 02-07-2019 / 31-01-2020 : Subcommittee on Security and Defence
  • 02-07-2019 / 31-01-2020 : Delegation for relations with India


  • 02-07-2019 / 31-01-2020 : Committee on Development
  • 22-07-2019 / 31-01-2020 : Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee

Main parliamentary activities

Contributions to plenary debates

Speeches made during the plenary session and written declarations relating to plenary debates. Rules Rule 204 and 171(11)

Reports - as shadow rapporteur

Political groups designate a shadow rapporteur for each report in the responsible committee to follow progress and negotiate compromise texts with the rapporteur. Rule 215

Motions for resolutions

Motions for resolutions are tabled on topical issues, at the request of a committee, a political group or at least 5% of the Members, and voted on in plenary. Rule 132, Rule 136, Rule 139, Rule 144.

Other parliamentary activities

Written explanations of vote

Members can submit a written explanation of their vote in plenary. Rule 194

Criminalisation of sexual education in Poland (B9-0166/2019, B9-0167/2019, B9-0168/2019)


. – As British Conservatives we are wholly supportive of measures to protect women and girls against sexual and domestic violence, against female genital mutilation, online harassment, and revenge porn, as well as seeking to promote the overall health and well-being of young women, and indeed young men.
However, the question of sex education is a sensitive issue that should be dealt with by parents and by national governments. It is not a competence of the EU. For these reasons, we have decided to abstain on the Poland Resolution.

Importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe (RC-B9-0097/2019, B9-0097/2019, B9-0098/2019, B9-0099/2019, B9-0100/2019)


. – The pact between two horrific totalitarian regimes, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact of 23 August 1939, was the fuse that exploded into the Second World War. The Left has for too long propagated the myth that the war was fought and won largely by Soviet Russia, ignoring the Communist complicity with Hitler in starting the War – carrying out some of the worst early atrocities, such as the Katyn massacre in April/May 1940 of some 22 000 Polish military officers and intelligentsia and intensifying their brutal oppression of the people of Central and Eastern Europe following the Nazi defeat. Furthermore, Communist cells penetrated vital diplomatic, political, intelligence and research agencies, as well as trade union and ‘peace movements’, in many Western countries, including the United Kingdom. Their efforts both during and after the war sought to undermine democracies and advance the cause of Soviet Communism. These messages provide the central thrust of this resolution, which I fully support. The controversial and altogether separate issue of ‘European integration’ should not, by the way, have been included.


Original signed/dated declaration archived by the European Parliament.