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THERAPY OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 884: tabled on 22 June 2000

Tabled in the 1999-00 session.

This motion has been signed by 70 Members. It has received 2 amendments.

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

Amendments to this motion

There have been 2 amendments submitted to this motion.

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Motion text

That this House, in view of the large numbers of multiple sclerosis sufferers using cannabis to alleviate and treat their condition, because they know its value as confirmed by the BMA report on cannabis, and the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology which recommended that it should be made available to them, knowing that in the light of all this, juries have become increasingly reluctant to sustain prosecutions against the victims of this terrible disease, for possession, use or even growing cannabis, a failure which brings the law into disrepute and undermines the war against hard drugs, as the Runciman Report for the Police Foundation wisely points out; regrets that the Government refuses to hear representations from the Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics and its expert advisers on the grounds that decisions must be postponed indefinitely for protracted research; considers that this unjust attempt to postpone the inevitable is an abdication of responsibility, particularly now that NICE is recommending withholding from new MS victims the only current alternative treatment, beta interferon; and recommends the Government to grasp the nettle and to stop putting MS sufferers on the front line of its war against drugs by ending attempts to prosecute victims of multiple sclerosis, or their close relatives, for using, possessing or growing cannabis, for treatment of their condition, when recommended in writing by their doctor.

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.

Benn, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2000
Chesterfield
Best, Mr Harold
Labour
Signed on 3 July 2000
Leeds North West
Body, Sir Richard
Conservative
Signed on 29 June 2000
Boston and Skegness
Bradshaw, Mr Ben
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2000
Exeter
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 July 2000
Carshalton and Wallington
Brand, Dr Peter
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 July 2000
Isle of Wight
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 July 2000
Twickenham
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2000
Blyth Valley
Cann, Mr Jamie
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2000
Ipswich
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2000
Gower
Clarke, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 27 July 2000
Northampton South
Clwyd, Ann
Labour
Signed on 20 July 2000
Cynon Valley
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2000
Leyton and Wanstead
Connarty, Michael
Labour
Signed on 4 July 2000
Falkirk East
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2000
Stockton North
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2000
Islington North
Cotter, Brian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 July 2000
Weston-Super-Mare
Cousins, Jim
Labour
Signed on 6 July 2000
Newcastle upon Tyne Central
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 10 July 2000
Keighley
Davey, Valerie
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2000
Bristol West
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 25 July 2000
Burton
Efford, Clive
Labour
Signed on 20 July 2000
Eltham
Ewing, Mrs Margaret
Scottish National Party
Signed on 3 July 2000
Moray
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 22 June 2000
Newport West
Foster, Mr Derek
Labour
Signed on 11 July 2000
Bishop Auckland
Gidley, Sandra
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 June 2000
Romsey
Godman, Dr Norman
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2000
Greenock and Inverclyde
Gorman, Mrs Teresa
Conservative
Signed on 4 July 2000
Billericay
Gorrie, Mr Donald
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 July 2000
Edinburgh West
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 July 2000
Portsmouth South
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 June 2000
North Devon
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 27 June 2000
Bolton South East
Jackson, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 10 July 2000
Wantage
Jones, Mr Barry
Labour
Signed on 3 July 2000
Alyn and Deeside
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 27 June 2000
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Nigel
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 June 2000
Cheltenham
King, Ms Oona
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2000
Bethnal Green and Bow
Lewis, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 3 July 2000
Worsley
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 28 June 2000
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Mahon, Alice
Labour
Signed on 17 July 2000
Halifax
McAllion, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 18 July 2000
Dundee East
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 27 July 2000
Hayes and Harlington
McNamara, Mr Kevin
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2000
Kingston upon Hull North
McWalter, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 6 July 2000
Hemel Hempstead
Michie, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2000
Sheffield, Heeley
Michie, Mrs Ray
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 July 2000
Argyll and Bute
Naysmith, Dr Doug
Labour
Signed on 17 July 2000
Bristol North West
O'Neill, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2000
Ochil
Öpik, Lembit
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 July 2000
Montgomeryshire
Organ, Diana
Labour
Signed on 4 July 2000
Forest of Dean
Rapson, Syd
Labour
Signed on 3 July 2000
Portsmouth North
Rendel, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 July 2000
Newbury
Sarwar, Mr Mohammad
Labour
Signed on 23 October 2000
Glasgow, Govan
Sawford, Phil
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2000
Kettering
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 27 June 2000
Nottingham South
Taylor, Matthew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 July 2000
Truro and St Austell
Tonge, Dr Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 July 2000
Richmond Park
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 23 October 2000
Brighton, Kemptown
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 4 July 2000
Finchley and Golders Green
Wigley, Mr Dafydd
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 27 June 2000
Caernarfon
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 4 July 2000
Batley and Spen
Wright, Mr Anthony
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2000
Great Yarmouth
Wyatt, Derek
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2000
Sittingbourne and Sheppey

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.

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

THERAPY OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (Amendment 1)
leave out "victims" and insert "patients".
Liberal Democrat, Oxford West and Abingdon
1
signature
EDM 884A1: tabled on 23 October 2000
THERAPY OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (Amendment 2)
leave out "victims of" and insert "patients with".
Liberal Democrat, Oxford West and Abingdon
1
signature
EDM 884A2: tabled on 23 October 2000