Christopher Newbury

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Christopher Newbury (born 10 November 1956, Trowbridge, England)[1] is an English Conservative politician. He was a member of the Congress of the Council of Europe from 1998 to 2010 and has been a member of Wiltshire Council since 2009.[1]

Early life[edit]

Newbury was educated at Gresham's School and Keble College, Oxford.[1] In 1976, he represented the Oxford Union Society in the Observer Mace student debating competition in partnership with Benazir Bhutto. In a Ravenscroft production of Macbeth, he played the part of Macbeth opposite Guy Hands as Lady Macbeth.

Council of Europe[edit]

Newbury was appointed to the UK Delegation to the Congress of the Council of Europe in 1998. At first not in a political grouping, he joined the European People's Party in 2004. At the European level, he specialised from 1999 in monitoring local democracy and observing elections.[2] He prepared reports for the Council of Europe on the situation of local democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2001 and 2006),[3][4] Armenia (2003),[5] Luxembourg (2004),[6][7] Liechtenstein (2005),[8][9] Serbia (2010)[10] and Russia (2010).[11]

His report on local and regional democracy in Russia (2010) recommended the reintroduction of direct elections for regional governors, changes to the law to make it possible to register new political parties "without the need to demonstrate an impractically large number of members", ending the use of closed lists in local and regional elections, and implementing new measures to eradicate corruption at the local level.[12]

In his report on Liechtenstein (2006), Newbury stated that "The situation of municipalities in Liechtenstein was remarkable and indeed enviable. Both the letter and the spirit of the Charter were observed", thanking the Prince of Liechtenstein for his welcome.[13]

He also headed delegations of the Council of Europe to observe elections in its member and observer states, including Kosovo (November 2001),[14] the Ukraine (March 2002),[15] Armenia (October 2002),[16] Gagauzia, Moldova (November 2003),[17] and Palestine (December 2005).[18] He was joint rapporteur for the observation of the Presidential election in Serbia and Montenegro of June 2004, heading the observation of the second round on 27 June 2004,[19] and was rapporteur for elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina in September–October 2004.[20] He also took part in many other election observations.[21]

In 2000 and 2008 Newbury represented the Council of Europe's Congress at meetings of the Venice Commission.[22][23] In 2007 he was the only member of the Congress to speak against a resolution on climate change and the Kyoto Protocol.[24]

In 2003, he was the rapporteur of the Congress of the Council of Europe on Public Ethics at the Local Level and on a related Handbook of Good Practice prepared by the CDLR.[25] He served as the rapporteur of the Congress on the revision of the European Charter of Local Self-Government,[2] which included a recommendation on opening the Charter to accession by the European Community.[26][27] He retired from the Congress in 2010.[1]


River at Norton Bavant

Newbury was a member of West Wiltshire District Council from 1995 to 2009 and of Wiltshire County Council from 1997 to 2009. For some years he chaired the West Wiltshire Planning Committee and has been chairman of the Wiltshire Victoria County History since 2002.[28] He is also a governor of the Wiltshire Historic Buildings Trust and a member of the Wiltshire and Swindon Fire Authority.[1]

Since the 2009 election to Wiltshire Council, his Warminster Copheap and Wylye division includes Boyton, Bishopstrow, Chitterne, Codford, Heytesbury with Imber and Knook, Norton Bavant, Stockton, Sherrington, and Upton Lovell, with the northern part of the town of Warminster.[29] He was re-elected in May 2013 as a Conservative, having previously stood as an Independent.[30]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Christopher Newbury CV at
  2. ^ a b 50 Years of Local Democracy in Europe (Council of Europe, 2007) (ISBN 92-871-6385-5) Page 67,
  3. ^ CoE Recommendation 103 (2001) on local democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina at
  4. ^ Recommendation 202 (2006) on local and regional democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina at
  5. ^ CoE Recommendation 140 (2003) on local democracy in Armenia at
  6. ^ CoE Recommendation 172 (2005) on local democracy in Luxembourg at
  7. ^ Official report of debates: 12th session (31 May-2 June 2005) (Strasbourg, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe, Council of Europe, 2006), p. 91: "Christopher NEWBURY (United Kingdom, EPP/CD), Rapporteur, said that Luxembourg was an adult democracy that generally respected the provisions of the Charter..."
  8. ^ CoE Recommendation 196 (2006) on local democracy in Liechtenstein, at
  9. ^ Chamber of Local Authorities 14th PLENARY SESSION at
  10. ^ Monitoring of local and regional democracy in Serbia from 29 June to 1 July 2010 25 June 2010 at
  11. ^ Monitoring of local and regional democracy in Russia (Strasbourg, 15 December 2009) at
  12. ^ Local and regional democracy in the Russian Federation at
  13. ^ Official Report of Debates, 13th Session (30 May – 1 June 2006), p. 85 at
  14. ^ CoE Report on Kosovo elections 2001 at
  15. ^ Report on Ukrainian elections 2002 at
  16. ^ Report on Armenian elections 2002 at
  17. ^ Report on Moldova elections 2003 at
  18. ^ Report on Palestinian elections 2005 at
  19. ^ Report on the observation of the Presidential election in the Republic of Serbia and Montenegro (13 and 27 June 2004) at
  20. ^ Report on the Municipal Elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2 October 2004) at
  21. ^ Kosovo in 2000, Municipal elections in Kosovo – 28 October 2000 dated 15 December 2000 at; Montenegro in 2002, Report on the local elections in Montenegro (15 May 2002) at; Moldova in May and June 2003, Report on the local elections observation mission to MOLDOVA (25 May and 8 June 2003) at; Albania in October 2003, Report on the observation of the local elections in Albania held on 12 October 2003 at; Azerbaijan in 2004, Press release- 640 (2004) Council of Europe Congress to observe local elections in Azerbaijan (dated 16 December 2004) at, and again in 2009,Elections in Azerbaijan – 23 December 2009 at; Armenia Congress delegation declares local elections in Armenia generally satisfactory and calm dated 17 October 2005 at, and Macedonia in 2005, "Observation mission of the Congress in "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"]". Council of Europe. 10 March 2005. Archived from the original on 4 April 2005. ; and Adjara in 2008, The elections to the Supreme Council of Adjara show sporadic progress dated Tbilisi, 4 November 2008, at
  22. ^ PLENARY MEETING Venice, 15–16 December 2000 Meeting Report at
  23. ^ rapport de réunion, Venise, le 12 juin 2008 à 14 h at
  24. ^ Official Report of Debates 14th Session. Council of Europe. 2007. 129, 131.
  25. ^ Agenda of the Chamber of Local Authorities, May 2003 at
  26. ^ Recommendation 218 (2007) on the Opening of the European Charter of Local Self-Government to the accession of the European Community and of non-member states of the Council of Europe at
  27. ^ European Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR), Meeting Report 10 June 2008 (agenda item 4.4) at
  28. ^ A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 17 (2002), pp. 14–15, Wiltshire Victoria County History Committee as at 28 February 2002, from
  29. ^ Wiltshire Boundary Review at Electoral Commission website
  30. ^ Warminster Copheap and Wylye election, May 2013