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CAMPAIGN FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT

EDM (Early Day Motion) 673A1: tabled on 26 January 1998

Tabled in the 1997-98 session.

This motion has been signed by 57 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Mr Martin Caton on 21 January 1998. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

leave out from 'House' to end and add `notes that for 40 years the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has demanded the one-sided abandonment by Britain of nuclear weapons, nuclear bases and nuclear alliances, without success; realises that suc h a policy, if implemented, would have left Britain in a state of helpless neutrality at the height of the Cold War; recalls that CND totally rejected President Reagan's 1981 Zero Option offer which led to the successful Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in 1987, once unilateralism had been defeated; further notes that, under the provisions of the INF Treaty, hundreds of Soviet SS20 missiles threatening Western Europe were destroyed in return for the scrapping of NATO's cruise and Pershing II missiles which CND had fortunately failed to prevent from being deployed; deplores the statement by CND's then General Secretary, Bruce Kent, in 1983 that Britain's Communists were CND's "partners in the cause for peace in this world"; realises that the Labour Party's support for CND's anti-nuclear policies was a key factor in Labour's heavy defeats in the 1983 and 1987 general elections; further recalls the deletion of CND membership details from dozens of Labour candidates' official biographies during the 1992 General Election campaign, by Party Headquarters staff; and doubts if many unilateralist Labour and Liberal ho nourable Members will have the courage openly to support CND on its 40th anniversary.'.

Original motion text

That this House congratulates the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament on its 40 years' fighting to remove the deadly threat of nuclear weapons; recalls that when CND was founded in February 1958 it was a popular movement against nuclear arms building upon the decision in 1957 by the Labour Party and TUC to campaign against atmospheric atomic tests; remembers with pleasure the involvement of the Right honourable Michael Foot, the former leader of the Labour Party, in the founding of CND; remains concerned that in the same year as CND was established the Conservative Government concluded a nuclear exchange agreement with the United States that led to the purchase of Polaris and Trident nuclear weapons and submarines, and the barter of nuclear explosive materials; recalls the work done by CND at the Sizewell and Hinkley public enquiries to expose the export of United Kingdom civil plutonium to the United States for use in weapons; welcomes the admission by the United States Department of Energy on 22nd December last year that 5,400 kilogrammes of United Kingdom plutonium was sent to the United States between 1960 and 1979, which vindicated CND's allegations; and applauds CND's continued work to oppose Trident and to expose the danger of nuclear weapons production and deployment; and wishes the campaign every success.

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.

Bruce, Mr Ian
Conservative
Signed on 29 January 1998
South Dorset
Cash, Mr William
Conservative
Signed on 28 January 1998
Stone
Chapman, Sir Sydney
Conservative
Signed on 3 February 1998
Chipping Barnet
Clark, Alan
Conservative
Signed on 26 January 1998
Kensington and Chelsea
Collins, Mr Tim
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 1998
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Colvin, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 3 February 1998
Romsey
Duncan, Mr Alan
Conservative
Signed on 3 February 1998
Rutland and Melton
Evans, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 28 January 1998
Ribble Valley
Flight, Mr Howard
Conservative
Signed on 28 January 1998
Arundel and South Downs
Fraser, Mr Christopher
Conservative
Signed on 10 February 1998
Mid Dorset and North Poole
Gibb, Mr Nick
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 1998
Bognor Regis and Littlehampton
Gill, Mr Christopher
Conservative
Signed on 3 February 1998
Ludlow
Gorman, Mrs Teresa
Conservative
Signed on 10 February 1998
Billericay
Gray, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 28 January 1998
North Wiltshire
Green, Damian
Conservative
Signed on 10 February 1998
Ashford
Greenway, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 3 February 1998
Ryedale
Grieve, Mr Dominic
Conservative
Signed on 16 March 1998
Beaconsfield
Hammond, Mr Philip
Conservative
Signed on 29 January 1998
Runnymede and Weybridge
Hayes, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 26 January 1998
South Holland and The Deepings
Howarth, Mr Gerald
Conservative
Signed on 28 January 1998
Aldershot
Kirkbride, Julie
Conservative
Signed on 12 February 1998
Bromsgrove
Laing, Mrs Eleanor
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 1998
Epping Forest
Lait, Mrs Jacqui
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 1998
Beckenham
Lansley, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 1998
South Cambridgeshire
Leigh, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 1998
Gainsborough
Letwin, Mr Oliver
Conservative
Signed on 28 January 1998
West Dorset
Loughton, Tim
Conservative
Signed on 12 February 1998
East Worthing and Shoreham
Maclean, David
Conservative
Signed on 10 February 1998
Penrith and The Border
Malins, Mr Humfrey
Conservative
Signed on 28 January 1998
Woking
May, Mrs Theresa
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 1998
Maidenhead
Nicholls, Mr Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 1998
Teignbridge
Paterson, Mr Owen
Conservative
Signed on 29 January 1998
North Shropshire
Prior, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 10 February 1998
North Norfolk
Robathan, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 28 January 1998
Blaby
Robertson, Mr Laurence
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 1998
Tewkesbury
Roe, Mrs Marion
Conservative
Signed on 28 January 1998
Broxbourne
Ruffley, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 1998
Bury St Edmunds
Simpson, Mr Keith
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 1998
Mid Norfolk
Soames, Hon Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 28 January 1998
Mid Sussex
Swayne, Mr Desmond
Conservative
Signed on 26 January 1998
New Forest West
Syms, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 1998
Poole
Townend, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 3 February 1998
East Yorkshire
Viggers, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 1998
Gosport
Walter, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 10 February 1998
North Dorset
Wardle, Mr Charles
Conservative
Signed on 28 January 1998
Bexhill and Battle
Whitney, Sir Ray
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 1998
Wycombe
Widdecombe, Miss Ann
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 1998
Maidstone and The Weald
Wilkinson, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 1998
Ruislip - Northwood
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 10 February 1998
Congleton
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 9 February 1998
Macclesfield
Woodward, Mr Shaun
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 1998
Witney

There are no withdrawn signatures for this amendment.