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FIRST PAST THE POST AND FUTURE ELECTIONS TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1490A4: tabled on 26 June 2002

Tabled in the 2001-02 session.

This motion has been signed by 36 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 Tom Watson on 21 June 2002. This is amendment number 4.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

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.'.

Original 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.

Barrett, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 July 2002
Edinburgh West
Beith, Sir Alan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 June 2002
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 June 2002
Carshalton and Wallington
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 June 2002
South East Cornwall
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 July 2002
Twickenham
Calton, Mrs Patsy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 July 2002
Cheadle
Campbell, Sir Menzies
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 June 2002
North East Fife
Davey, Mr Edward
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 June 2002
Kingston and Surbiton
Davey, Valerie
Labour
Signed on 27 June 2002
Bristol West
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 1 July 2002
Stroud
Foster, Mr Don
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 June 2002
Bath
Green, Matthew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 July 2002
Ludlow
Griffiths, Mr Win
Labour
Signed on 27 June 2002
Bridgend
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 June 2002
Chesterfield
Hughes, Simon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 July 2002
North Southwark and Bermondsey
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 1 July 2002
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Nigel
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 June 2002
Cheltenham
Laws, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 July 2002
Yeovil
Lazarowicz, Mark
Labour
Signed on 27 June 2002
Edinburgh North and Leith
Linton, Martin
Labour
Signed on 1 July 2002
Battersea
Marsden, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 July 2002
Shrewsbury and Atcham
Moore, Mr Michael
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 June 2002
Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale
Morgan, Julie
Labour
Signed on 27 June 2002
Cardiff North
Naysmith, Dr Doug
Labour
Signed on 27 June 2002
Bristol North West
Plaskitt, Mr James
Labour
Signed on 27 June 2002
Warwick and Leamington
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 June 2002
Southport
Rendel, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 June 2002
Newbury
Whitehead, Dr Alan
Labour
Signed on 4 July 2002
Southampton, Test
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 June 2002
Harrogate and Knaresborough

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.