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CONDUCT OF THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR NEATH AND THE WELSH DRAGON

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1254: tabled on 27 April 1998

Tabled in the 1997-98 session.

This motion has been signed by 29 Members. It has received 1 amendment.

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Motion text

That this House condemns the proposals by the Welsh Office Minister, the honourable Member for Neath, to replace Wales's noble Red Dragon with a red kite which is nothing more than a thieving scavenger; notes that the dragon has been, sincethe reign of King Vortigern in the 5th century, an exotic, fiery and powerful symbol, in whose name Owain Glyndwr fought the English in 1400, which provided Henry VII's motto at Bosworth Field 'The Red Dragon is our inspiration' and under whose colours thousands of soldiers of the Royal Welch Fusiliers died in two world wars; disagrees with the honourable Member's idiosyncratic view that 'Modern Wales is about Manic Street Preachers and Catatonia'; questions both his judgement and knowledge of Welsh history and culture; deplores the considerable public expense which the banning of the Welsh Dragon will entail; and suggests that the Red Dragon will be remembered and loved long after the honourable Member for Neath and the Manic Street Preachers have been forgotten.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Fraser, Mr Christopher
Conservative
Signed on 27 April 1998
Mid Dorset and North Poole
Gill, Mr Christopher
Conservative
Signed on 27 April 1998
Ludlow
Gorman, Mrs Teresa
Conservative
Signed on 27 April 1998
Billericay
Gray, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 27 April 1998
North Wiltshire
Grieve, Mr Dominic
Conservative
Signed on 27 April 1998
Beaconsfield
Hammond, Mr Philip
Conservative
Signed on 27 April 1998
Runnymede and Weybridge
Hawkins, Mr Nick
Conservative
Signed on 29 April 1998
Surrey Heath
Horam, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 27 April 1998
Orpington
Kirkbride, Julie
Conservative
Signed on 27 April 1998
Bromsgrove
Laing, Mrs Eleanor
Conservative
Signed on 27 April 1998
Epping Forest
Letwin, Mr Oliver
Conservative
Signed on 27 April 1998
West Dorset
Lewis, Dr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 28 April 1998
New Forest East
Loughton, Tim
Conservative
Signed on 27 April 1998
East Worthing and Shoreham
Prior, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 27 April 1998
North Norfolk
Robertson, Mr Laurence
Conservative
Signed on 27 April 1998
Tewkesbury
Shepherd, Mr Richard
Conservative
Signed on 27 April 1998
Aldridge-Brownhills
Spelman, Mrs Caroline
Conservative
Signed on 27 April 1998
Meriden
Swayne, Mr Desmond
Conservative
Signed on 27 April 1998
New Forest West
Syms, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 27 April 1998
Poole
Walter, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 27 April 1998
North Dorset
Widdecombe, Miss Ann
Conservative
Signed on 27 April 1998
Maidstone and The Weald
Wilkinson, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 28 April 1998
Ruislip - Northwood
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 27 April 1998
Macclesfield

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.

After a motion has been tabled, other Members can table amendments to it. Amendments to this motion are shown below.

CONDUCT OF THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR NEATH AND THE WELSH DRAGON (Amendment 1)
leave out from 'House' to end and add 'noting that the honourable Member of Neath has expressly and publicly stated that there is no question of replacing the Welsh flag or the Welsh Dragon, but that it will continue to fly proudly for Wales over the National Assembly for Wales and instead that consideration is being given as to what might be an appropriate symbol for the Assembly; also notes that the House of Commons has in the portcullis a symbol which is different from the Union Jack and that the Assembly may or may not wish to have a different smybol from the Welsh flag; regrets that Conservative honourable Members have displayed their total ignorance of both Welsh politics in suggesting that the Welsh Dragon might somehow be banned by the Welsh Office, and the success of excellent, internationally renowned Welsh rock groups like the Manic Street Preachers, Catatonia, 60ft Dolls, Stereophonics and Gorky's Zygotic Mynci; and congratulates the honourable Member for Neath for his acknowledgement that they are indeed part of the modern and dynamic face of the New Wales which is going from strength to strength under the Labour Government.'.
Labour, Preseli Pembrokeshire
13
signatures
EDM 1254A1: tabled on 28 April 1998