Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

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October 2013: Just back from the Manchester Conservative Party conference, in the European Parliament with a group of folkloric traditional dancers from the island of Madeira. I have visited Funchal and am a good friend of Portugal and its overseas territories and former colonies.


October 2013: Friends of Bangladesh which I was delighted to attend, pictured here with its Chairman Anne Main MP. I am a founder member of the Conservative Friends of Bangladesh which aims to foster within the Conservative Party greater understanding and sympathy for this secular democratic country which is endowed with few natural resources other than its talented people. There is a large British Bangladeshi community in London.


October 2013: At a reception for the Conservative Friends of India tonight with Dominic Grieve MP, among many others. CF India recognises the successes and values of British Indians and advocates closer relations between India and Britain to the benefit of both nations. It also works to boost support for the Conservative Party from the British Indian community with whom I have strong links in my London constituency. I was a Founder of the European Parliament Friends of India.


October 2013: Meeting today a representative from the opposition in Tanzania, Mr Amani S. Golugwa. We discussed the threat from extremists in the region, free market policies to encourage foreign direct investment and the need to protect democratic principles such as as a free press. Tanzania has a long history of being part of a non-aligned movement and a dirigiste state economy and is crying out for a dose of Thatcherite reforms.


September 2013: As Vice-President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, I attended a debate on the role for NATO and the EU post 2014. At a time of defence budget cuts, it is important to avoid duplication but CSDP missions will have an increasingly big part to play as the USA withdraws its European presence, and focuses its efforts in the Asia-Pacific area. I asked a question about the supply of small arms and light weapons in Libya and Syria, questioning their impacts in those conflicts and the long-term whereabouts of their supply


September 2013: I gave an interview to Jewish News TV on the subject of Egypt. I reiterated my calls for a return to democratic government but noted that the intervention of the military had played a part in preventing the possibility of civil war. I stated that whilst it was right for the UK and EU to continue providing humanitarian aid to Egypt, this should not be seen as the solution, and that more work needs to be done to solve some of the underlying economic and political problems in Egypt. Crucially, it is key to secure a more inclusive constitution.


September 2013: Pictured during the Foreign Affairs Committee at the vote of my report on the Sahel. The most pressing part of the report deals with the grave disaster witnessed over the past 18 months in Mali. The over-riding theme of the report is for the EU to work with local actors to focus on security, stability and human rights. The EU already has a training mission in Mali, and a capacity-building mission in Niger, but human rights are markedly absent from the EU Sahel strategy. This is an area where more can be done, and I hope that the report makes some contribution to doing so.


September 2013: I sat as one of the panellists at a debate, arranged by the EU Asia Centre, entitled "China and India: Friends or Rivals?" I contrasted the alternative political models that divide the two; China as a centralised, Communist state versus India as a democracy, before noting the potential niche economic strengths that each could exploit without the need for competition - at least to a degree that the competition would not be damaging for relations between the two


September 2013: With the famous British actress and campaigner, Joanna Lumley. Joanna was at the European Parliament for a 'Compassion in World Farming' event regarding the widespread breaches of pig welfare laws in the EU. As a longstanding supporter of animals' rights, I was pleased to attend and speak at the debate.


September 2013: Marianne Bertrand and Kerstin Reemtsma from Peace Brigade International visited me to discuss the human rights situations in Mexico and Guatemala. The pair raised concerns about forced labour, human trafficking, miscarriages of justice and criminal gangs. Furthermore, the pair discussed the trial of former President Rios Montt of Guatemala for war crime, which has controversially been suspended.

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