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LABOUR WHIPS AND THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR SHREWSBURY AND ATCHAM

EDM (Early Day Motion) 529: tabled on 05 December 2001

Tabled in the 2001-02 session.

This motion has been signed by 5 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

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Motion text

That this House is deeply concerned by the contents of the Press release entitled 'Labour Thugs Attack MP', issued by the Labour honourable Member for Shrewsbury and Atcham on 4th December, in which he complains of 'an intimidatory move' by the Labour honourable Member for Bradford South, 'prodding ... in the back' by the Labour honourable Member for Lewisham West, and 'expletive name-calling' by the Labour honourable Member for Harwich; agrees with the Labour honourable Member for Shrewsbury and Atcham that 'It is time that New Labour was exposed for its Stalinist tendancies and desperate methods of trying to intimidate its own MPs'; and whilst, not sharing the honourable Member's views on Afghanistan, calls upon the Government Chief Whip to discipline those members of her office who have infringed acceptable methods of dealing with one of their own back bench colleagues.

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.

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support.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.

LABOUR WHIPS AND THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR SHREWSBURY AND ATCHAM (Amendment 1)
leave out from 'December' to end and add 'which most honourable Members feel is a work of complete fantasy; expresses its commiserations for the disenfranchised people of Shrewsbury and Atcham who have been betrayed by their Member of Parliament and whose clear political preference as expressed in the ballot box on 7th June has been cast aside; notes that attempts by the Government Chief Whip to address the concerns of the honourable Member were leaked by him to the most virulent anti-Labour newspaper in the country; and accepts that his defection to the Liberal Democrats has been widely welcomed by the Parliamentary Labour Party but less so by many senior Liberal Democrat honourable Members.'.
Labour, Reading West
19
signatures
EDM 529A1: tabled on 12 December 2001
LABOUR WHIPS AND THE HONOURABLE MEMBER FOR SHREWSBURY AND ATCHAM (Amendment 2)
leave out from 'MPs;' to end and add 'and further notes the crucial element of Parliamentary democracy that individuals are elected as members of Parliament, and must be free to follow their own judgement and conscience, as was the case with the honourable Members for Witney, Stratford-upon-Avon and Leominster when they crossed the floor to join the Labour Party.'.
Liberal Democrat, North Cornwall
8
signatures
EDM 529A2: tabled on 13 December 2001