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FOOT AND MOUTH AND ELECTIONS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 459A1: tabled on 21 March 2001

Tabled in the 2000-01 session.

This motion has been signed by 11 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 Dafydd Wigley on 19 March 2001. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

leave out from 'mouth' to end and add 'outbreak; and calls on all political parties to desist from party political opportunism in relation to foot and mouth disease, to work together on behalf of farmers and the many others whose business interests are affected, to focus on the need to end this outbreak and to demonstrate to the world that the UK is able to uphold the democratic processes inherent in British society despite the difficulties brought about by foot and mouth disease.'.

Original motion text

That this House recognises the grave situation caused by the foot and mouth epidemic; expresses immense concern at the devastating effects this crisis is having on tourism-related and agriculture-related businesses; believes that the whole undivided attention of government should be given to dealing with this crisis; asserts that it would be seen as an incomprehensible dereliction of duty for a General Election to be called in the middle of such a crisis; and calls on the Prime Minister to announce that no election will be called earlier than May 2002 unless and until at least four weeks after the last confirmed case of foot and mouth disease in the United Kingdom, and that the county elections in England shall be rescheduled to May 2002.