Charles Tannock is Member of the European Parliament. He 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, he worked for several years as a Consultant Psychiatrist in London and was a Senior Lecturer at University College Hospital.
In the European Parliament, Charles Tannock is Foreign Affairs and Human Rights Spokesman for the UK Conservative delegation. He is a full member of the Foreign Affairs Committee — where he is also the European Conservatives and Reformist Group Coordinator — and a sub member of the Human Rights Subcommittee.
He 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 mobilizing international support for Viktor Yushchenko's "Orange Revolution". He takes a keen interest in enlargement issues.
Charles Tannock is the Chairman of the European Parliament Friends of Kurdistan. A former Vice-President of the EP Friends of Israel and a member of Friends of Tibet, he was the 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 was appointed a Commissioner for Human Rights of the UK Conservative Party in 2011. He is on Advisory board of Counter Extremism Project with former US Senator Joe Lieberman, a Trustee of Charity Save the Planet and 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, on the Executive Committee of the Conservative Friends of Bangladesh 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.
Charles Tannock is a Commendatore of the Order of St Maurice and St Lazarus of the Italian Dynastic House of Savoy, a Freeman of the City of London, and was awarded the Freedom of the City of Cartagena de Indias in Colombia in 2006. He was created a Knight of the "Order for Merits” 3rd Grade of Ukraine in 2006. In 2009 he was awarded the Medal of Mkhitar Gosh of the Republic of Armenia and granted an Honorary Doctorate from Yerevan State University in 2013. In 2010 he was created a Grand Officer of the Order of San Carlos of the Republic of Colombia for services to the country in the field of diplomacy and international relations. In 2011 he was awarded the Medal of Honour by the Legislative Yuan of Taiwan for services to parliamentary diplomacy. In 2013 he was awarded the Presidential Order of Excellence of Georgia. In 2014 he was awarded the Order of the Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon by the President of Taiwan. In 2016 he was awarded by the President of Armenia the Medal of Gratitude for his long standing services towards the international recognition of the Armenian genocide.