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FIRST PAST THE POST AND FUTURE ELECTIONS TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1490: tabled on 21 June 2002

Tabled in the 2001-02 session.

This motion has been signed by 87 Members. It has received 4 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 4 amendments submitted to this motion.

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Motion text

That this House notes the comments of the Right honourable Member for Greenwich and Woolwich, the Minister responsible for electoral law, that 'Any provisions on European Parliament elections laid down by the Council (including amendments to the 1976 Act) need to be ratified with an Act of Parliament in the UK'; further notes that the UK is, therefore, free to adopt any electoral system of its choosing for future elections to the European Parliament; believes that, by removing the vital link between each elected representative and their constituents and consequently encouraging voter apathy, proportional representation has not served the UK well; also notes with concern that proportional voting systems in other parts of Europe have allowed far-right parties to gain a foothold; and further believes that the UK's next elections to the European Parliament could, and should, be held under the First Past the Post electoral system.

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.

Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Blyth Valley
Clark, Mrs Helen
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Peterborough
Clarke, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 17 July 2002
Northampton South
Clelland, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Tyne Bridge
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Islington North
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Keighley
Cryer, John
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Hornchurch
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Easington
Davidson, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Glasgow, Pollok
Davies, Denzil
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Llanelli
Davis, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Birmingham, Hodge Hill
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Heywood and Middleton
Donohoe, Mr Brian H.
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Cunninghame South
Duncan, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 9 July 2002
Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
Efford, Clive
Labour
Signed on 26 June 2002
Eltham
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Sunderland North
Flook, Mr Adrian
Conservative
Signed on 4 July 2002
Taunton
Francois, Mr Mark
Conservative
Signed on 24 July 2002
Rayleigh
Garnier, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 23 July 2002
Harborough
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Walthamstow
Gillan, Mrs Cheryl
Conservative
Signed on 23 July 2002
Chesham and Amersham
Gray, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 5 November 2002
North Wiltshire
Hammond, Mr Philip
Conservative
Signed on 19 July 2002
Runnymede and Weybridge
Harris, Mr Tom
Labour
Signed on 4 July 2002
Glasgow, Cathcart
Hendry, Charles
Conservative
Signed on 24 July 2002
Wealden
Hepburn, Mr Stephen
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Jarrow
Hood, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Clydesdale
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Luton North
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 26 June 2002
Chorley
Hughes, Mr Kevin
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Doncaster North
Hunter, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 17 July 2002
Basingstoke
Hurst, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 25 June 2002
Braintree
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Bolton South East
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 27 June 2002
Barnsley Central
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 1 July 2002
Tamworth
Jones, Helen
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Warrington North
Kaufman, Mr Gerald
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Manchester, Gorton
Khabra, Mr Piara S
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Ealing, Southall
Kilfoyle, Mr Peter
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Liverpool, Walton
Laing, Mrs Eleanor
Conservative
Signed on 5 July 2002
Epping Forest
Lewis, Dr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 4 July 2002
New Forest East
Lewis, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 4 July 2002
Worsley
Luff, Peter
Conservative
Signed on 11 July 2002
Mid Worcestershire
Maclean, David
Conservative
Signed on 2 July 2002
Penrith and The Border
Mahmood, Mr Khalid
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Birmingham, Perry Barr
Mahon, Alice
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Halifax
Marshall, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 6 November 2002
Glasgow, Shettleston
McDonagh, Siobhain
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Mitcham and Morden
McIntosh, Miss Anne
Conservative
Signed on 6 November 2002
Vale of York
McWalter, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 31 October 2002
Hemel Hempstead
McWilliam, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Blaydon
Mercer, Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 18 July 2002
Newark
Moss, Mr Malcolm
Conservative
Signed on 4 July 2002
North East Cambridgeshire
O'Brien, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 2 July 2002
Eddisbury
O'Brien, Sir Bill
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Normanton
O'Neill, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Ochil
Olner, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Nuneaton
Pike, Mr Peter
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Burnley
Rapson, Syd
Labour
Signed on 27 June 2002
Portsmouth North
Redwood, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 4 July 2002
Wokingham
Rosindell, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 25 June 2002
Romford
Sayeed, Mr Jonathan
Conservative
Signed on 2 July 2002
Mid Bedfordshire
Selous, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 6 November 2002
South West Bedfordshire
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 4 July 2002
Nottingham South
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 25 June 2002
Bolsover
Spelman, Mrs Caroline
Conservative
Signed on 17 July 2002
Meriden
Spink, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 16 July 2002
Castle Point
Stevenson, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Stoke-on-Trent South
Stringer, Graham
Labour
Signed on 30 October 2002
Manchester, Blackley
Swayne, Mr Desmond
Conservative
Signed on 7 November 2002
New Forest West
Swire, Mr Hugo
Conservative
Signed on 7 November 2002
East Devon
Tami, Mark
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Alyn and Deeside
Tynan, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 27 June 2002
Hamilton South
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 8 July 2002
Finchley and Golders Green
Watkinson, Angela
Conservative
Signed on 7 November 2002
Upminster
Widdecombe, Miss Ann
Conservative
Signed on 11 July 2002
Maidstone and The Weald
Wiggin, Bill
Conservative
Signed on 22 July 2002
Leominster
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Conwy
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2002
Batley and Spen
Wyatt, Derek
Labour
Signed on 24 June 2002
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.

FIRST PAST THE POST AND FUTURE ELECTIONS TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT (Amendment 1)
after 'apathy', insert ', the closed list system of'.
Liberal Democrat, Torbay
13
signatures
EDM 1490A1: tabled on 25 June 2002
FIRST PAST THE POST AND FUTURE ELECTIONS TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT (Amendment 2)
leave out from 'that' to 'allowed' in line 9 and insert 'first past the post voting in English local elections has,'
Liberal Democrat, Torbay
1
signature
EDM 1490A2: tabled on 25 June 2002
FIRST PAST THE POST AND FUTURE ELECTIONS TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT (Amendment 3)
leave out from 'under' to end and add 'an open list system.'.
Liberal Democrat, Torbay
1
signature
EDM 1490A3: tabled on 25 June 2002
FIRST PAST THE POST AND FUTURE ELECTIONS TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT (Amendment 4)
leave out from 'UK' to end and add 'notes that honourable Members who support proportional voting systems, along with organisations such as the Electoral Reform Society, Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform and Make Votes Count, all cautioned against the introduction of the closed list system which was used in the last European Parliamentary elections in the United Kingdom, and during the passage of the European Parliamentary Elections Act, secured from Ministers a commitment to review the system after that round of European elections; requests the Government to report progress on such a review; believes that to promote democracy, any new system adopted for European Parliamentary elections should both allow voter choice between candidates as well as between parties, and provide for the number of seats won broadly to reflect the proportion of votes cast for each party; registers its concern at the increasing disconnection between citizens and the political process both in the United Kingdom and in other parts of Europe, revealed in both low turnouts and the rise of the far right; and urges the Government to look at creative ways of empowering voters and promoting citizenship to address these threats to democracy.'.
Labour, Birmingham, Northfield
36
signatures
EDM 1490A4: tabled on 26 June 2002