Tuesday, 11 December 2018

MP given new role

HENLEY MP John Howell has been appointed to the Council of Europe.

HENLEY MP John Howell has been appointed to the Council of Europe.

The council is not part of the European Union but is a separate body of 47 member states set up in 1949. It promotes human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

One of its statutory bodies is the Parliamentary Assembly, composed of members of the national parliaments of each member state. The best known part of the Council of Europe is the European Court of Human Rights.

Mr Howell said: ?I am very pleased to have received this important appointment from the Prime Minister.

?It is a crucial time for the UK with this organisation as we take forward our human rights agenda. It will be essential to ensure we have a strong voice on the council.

?In addition, the court is looking to appoint a new UK judge and it will be necessary to have some oversight of the appointment.?

Mr Howell is one of six Conservative MPs to be appointed full members of the council, which meets in Strasbourg quarterly.

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