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THE CONSERVATIVE OPPOSITION

EDM (Early Day Motion) 739: tabled on 04 February 1998

Tabled in the 1997-98 session.

This motion has been signed by 38 Members. It has received 1 amendment.

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

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Motion text

That this House appreciates the care and perception with which commentators in the serious media observe Parliamentary procedures and agrees with the judgment of the leading article in The Times of Wednesday 4 February that the Conservative Party's opposition to the Government in Parliament is 'overly intense and frenetic, obsessed with the short term, abrasive in presentation, trivial in the choice of material, and ultimately incredible'.

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.

Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 February 1998
South East Cornwall
Bruce, Malcolm
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 February 1998
Gordon
Burstow, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 February 1998
Sutton and Cheam
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 February 1998
Twickenham
Campbell-Savours, Mr Dale
Labour
Signed on 18 March 1998
Workington
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 5 February 1998
Barnsley West and Penistone
Cotter, Brian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 February 1998
Weston-Super-Mare
Cox, Tom
Labour
Signed on 6 February 1998
Tooting
Davey, Mr Edward
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 February 1998
Kingston and Surbiton
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 February 1998
St Ives
Gorrie, Mr Donald
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 February 1998
Edinburgh West
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 February 1998
Portsmouth South
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 February 1998
North Devon
Heath, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 February 1998
Somerton and Frome
Jones, Mr Martyn
Labour
Signed on 27 February 1998
Clwyd South
Jones, Mr Nigel
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 February 1998
Cheltenham
Kennedy, Mr Charles
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 February 1998
Ross, Skye and Inverness West
Kumar, Dr Ashok
Labour
Signed on 10 February 1998
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
Livingstone, Mr Ken
Labour
Signed on 5 February 1998
Brent East
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 17 February 1998
Hayes and Harlington
Moore, Mr Michael
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 February 1998
Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale
Oaten, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 February 1998
Winchester
Öpik, Lembit
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 February 1998
Montgomeryshire
Pickthall, Mr Colin
Labour
Signed on 9 February 1998
West Lancashire
Rendel, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 February 1998
Newbury
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 February 1998
Colchester
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 February 1998
Torbay
Stunell, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 February 1998
Hazel Grove
Tonge, Dr Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 February 1998
Richmond Park
Tyler, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 February 1998
North Cornwall
Wallace, Mr Jim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 February 1998
Orkney and Shetland
Webb, Prof Steve
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 February 1998
Northavon

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.

THE CONSERVATIVE OPPOSITION (Amendment 1)
leave out from 'with' to end and add 'those commentators who have observed that the Leader of the Opposition has concentrated on serious issues at Prime Minister's Questions, includind the constitution, Northern Ireland, pensions, unemployment, European regulations, welfare reform, farm incomes and Iraq, that the Prime Minister resents being asked questions and frequently resorts to childish abuse, that the Leader of the Opposition has made serious and thoughtful speeches on subjects including the family, welfare reform and European Monetary Union, that the House has debated Conservative Opposition Day motions on the Green Belt and London Underground, that the Liberal Democrats are more interested in securing places on Cabinet committees than becoming a credible opposition themselves and that the Conservative Opposition is pursuing its duty in holding the Government vigorously to account.'.
Conservative, South West Norfolk
69
signatures
EDM 739A1: tabled on 5 February 1998