Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

MEP pays tribute to Armenian Genocide victims memory

Armenpress - 31st October 2013

Member of the European Parliament and member of “European Friends of Armenia” international NGO Charles Tannock visited Tzitzernakaberd Memorial Complex to pay a tribute to the memory of the innocent victims of the Armenian Genocide initiated by the Ottoman Turkey. The Museum-Institute of the Armenian Genocide informed “Armenpress” about this.

Previously, The Yerevan State University bestowed the honorary doctor's degree upon the Member of the European Parliament Charles Tannock. The Rector of the Yerevan State University Aram Simonyan handed the relevant certificate and commemorative medal over to Charles Tannock.

As reports “Armenpress” Aram Simonyan underscored that the Yerevan State University bestows the scientific degree upon the friends and partners of the university, public and political figures, who support the Armenian people in various spheres.

Charles Tannock was educated at Bradfield College, Berks followed by Balliol College, Oxford and the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, London. He is a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Before being elected to the European Parliament in 1999, Charles worked for several years as a Consultant Psychiatrist in London and was a Senior Lecturer at University College Hospital. Although he had successfully combined political work with medicine while acting as a Councillor in his local Earls Court ward (1998-2000), he was obliged to give up his practice on taking office in Brussels.

Having spent his childhood living in various European cities, Charles is fluent in Portugese, Spanish, French and Italian. He has travelled extensively in South America and Eastern Europe and written political pamphlets as well as extensive publications in the medical literature.

Charles Tannock s was the deputy leader of the EP Observer mission to the 2004 Ukrainian Presidential elections. The negative findings of this joint mission with the OSCE were a significant factor in mobilising international support for Viktor Yushchenko's "Orange Revolution". He takes a keen interest in enlargement issues.

He is involved politically in a number of cross party Parliamentary groups working to support sufferers from epilepsy, cervical cancer and mental illness. He is a member of the European Cancer Patient Coalition and the EP Intergroup on Animal Welfare, a former Vice-President of the European Friends of Israel and a member of Friends of Tibet. Charles was Founder of the EP Friends of India, a founder member of the EP Friends of the Commonwealth, a member of the advisory board of the EU Friends of Armenia, honorary EP Parliamentary Adviser to Save the Assyrians Campaign and Anglicans for Israel, and the UK Friends of Falun Gong. He is on the Executive Committee of the Conservative Friends of Bangladesh and an Ambassador for FRODO, a UK registered charity which helps Romanian disabled orphans. He is an EP Attachment Host for the UK John Smith Memorial Trust and the Parliament and Industry Trust. He is Chairman of the EP-Taiwan Friendship Group and the EP-Sovereign Military Order of Malta ("Knights of Malta") Friendship Group. He is the European Parliamentary adviser to the UK Overseas Territory Association. He was appointed a Commissioner for Human Rights of the UK Conservative Party in November 2011.

In the European Parliament, Charles Tannock is Foreign Affairs and Human Rights Spokesman for the UK Conservative delegation. He was elected to the UK Conservative delegation Bureau between 2005-07. He is currently a full member of the Foreign Affairs Committee - where he is also the European Conservatives and Reformist Group Co-ordinator (Spokesman)- and he is also a full member of the Human Rights Subcommittee. From 2000-2004 he served in the UK Conservative delegation Whips Office rising to Deputy Chief Whip. He was between 1999-2001 the Conservative Party Spokesman on Financial Services.