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Treatment of Widows of Servicemen

EDM (Early Day Motion) 2: tabled on 21 November 1989

Tabled in the 1989-90 session.

This motion has been signed by 190 Members. It has received 5 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 5 amendments submitted to this motion.

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Motion text

That this House recognises the unfair treatment of war widows of the servicemen who retired before 31st March 1973 and those widows who married their husbands after their retirement from the armed forces both prior and subsequent to the 6th April 1978; and urges Her Majesty's Government to remove these artificial time bars in order that all war widows and widows of servicemen may receive the current rate for those pensions irrespective of the date of their husband's retirement or the date of their marriage.

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.

Ashley, Jack
Labour
Signed on 23 November 1989
Stoke-on-Trent South
Ashton, Mr Joe
Labour
Signed on 21 November 1989
Bassetlaw
Aspinwall, Jack
Conservative
Signed on 22 November 1989
Wansdyke
Barnes, Mr Harry
Labour
Signed on 22 November 1989
North East Derbyshire
Barnes, Mrs Rosie
Social Democratic Party
Signed on 28 November 1989
Greenwich
Barron, Mr Kevin
Labour
Signed on 30 November 1989
Rother Valley
Beggs, Mr Roy
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 28 November 1989
East Antrim
Beith, Sir Alan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 November 1989
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Bell, Sir Stuart
Labour
Signed on 29 November 1989
Middlesbrough
Benn, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 6 December 1989
Chesterfield
Bermingham, Mr Gerry
Labour
Signed on 30 November 1989
St Helens South
Boateng, Mr Paul
Labour
Signed on 1 December 1989
Brent South
Bowden, Sir Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 22 November 1989
Brighton, Kemptown
Bowden, Gerald
Conservative
Signed on 1 December 1989
Dulwich
Boyes, Roland
Labour
Signed on 30 November 1989
Houghton and Washington
Bruce, Mr Ian
Conservative
Signed on 27 November 1989
South Dorset
Buck, Sir Antony
Conservative
Signed on 4 December 1989
North Colchester
Buckley, George
Labour
Signed on 23 November 1989
Hemsworth
Caborn, Mr Richard
Labour
Signed on 30 November 1989
Sheffield Central
Campbell, Sir Menzies
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 November 1989
North East Fife
Canavan, Dennis
Labour
Signed on 5 December 1989
Falkirk West
Carlile, Alex
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 December 1989
Montgomery
Cartwright, John
Social Democratic Party
Signed on 21 November 1989
Woolwich
Clelland, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 30 November 1989
Tyne Bridge
Corbett, Mr Robin
Labour
Signed on 29 November 1989
Birmingham, Erdington
Cousins, Jim
Labour
Signed on 27 November 1989
Newcastle upon Tyne Central
Cox, Tom
Labour
Signed on 22 November 1989
Tooting
Crowther, Stan
Labour
Signed on 29 November 1989
Rotherham
Cunliffe, Mr Lawrence
Labour
Signed on 22 November 1989
Leigh
Darling, Mr Alistair
Labour
Signed on 29 November 1989
Edinburgh Central
Davies, Mr Ron
Labour
Signed on 28 November 1989
Caerphilly
Davis, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 22 November 1989
Birmingham, Hodge Hill
Douglas, Dick
Labour
Signed on 21 November 1989
Dunfermline West
Dover, Den
Conservative
Signed on 13 December 1989
Chorley
Dunn, Mr Bob
Conservative
Signed on 5 December 1989
Dartford
Dykes, Hugh
Conservative
Signed on 24 November 1989
Harrow East
Eadie, Alex
Labour
Signed on 27 November 1989
Midlothian
Evans, John
Labour
Signed on 22 November 1989
St Helens North
Ewing, Harry
Labour
Signed on 30 November 1989
Falkirk East
Fatchett, Derek
Labour
Signed on 11 December 1989
Leeds Central
Faulds, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 29 November 1989
Warley East
Fearn, Mr Ronnie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 November 1989
Southport
Flannery, Martin
Labour
Signed on 29 November 1989
Sheffield, Hillsborough
Fraser, John
Labour
Signed on 29 November 1989
Norwood
Fyfe, Mrs Maria
Labour
Signed on 28 November 1989
Glasgow, Maryhill
Galbraith, Mr Sam
Labour
Signed on 14 December 1989
Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Galloway, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 30 November 1989
Glasgow, Hillhead
Garrett, John
Labour
Signed on 29 November 1989
Norwich South
Gilbert, Dr John
Labour
Signed on 27 November 1989
Dudley East
Golding, Mrs Llin
Labour
Signed on 29 November 1989
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Goodhart, Sir Philip
Conservative
Signed on 30 November 1989
Beckenham
Graham, Mr Tommy
Labour
Signed on 29 November 1989
Renfrew West and Inverclyde
Grocott, Mr Bruce
Labour
Signed on 29 November 1989
The Wrekin
Hardy, Peter
Labour
Signed on 23 November 1989
Wentworth
Haselhurst, Sir Alan
Conservative
Signed on 4 December 1989
Saffron Walden
Hayes, Jerry
Conservative
Signed on 28 November 1989
Harlow
Healey, Denis
Labour
Signed on 30 November 1989
Leeds East
Henderson, Mr Doug
Labour
Signed on 18 December 1989
Newcastle upon Tyne North
Hicks, Sir Robert
Conservative
Signed on 23 November 1989
South East Cornwall
Hinchliffe, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 30 November 1989
Wakefield
Hogg, Norman
Labour
Signed on 22 November 1989
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
Home Robertson, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 27 November 1989
East Lothian
Hordern, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 29 November 1989
Horsham
Howarth, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 29 November 1989
Knowsley North
Howells, Geraint
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 November 1989
Ceredigion and Pembroke North
Hoyle, Doug
Labour
Signed on 29 November 1989
Warrington North
Hughes, John
Labour
Signed on 23 November 1989
Coventry North East
Hughes, Robert
Conservative
Signed on 22 November 1989
Harrow West
Hughes, Roy
Labour
Signed on 4 December 1989
Newport East
Hughes, Simon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 November 1989
Southwark and Bermondsey
Hunter, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 5 December 1989
Basingstoke
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 4 December 1989
Barnsley Central
Irving, Sir Charles
Conservative
Signed on 23 November 1989
Cheltenham
Janner, Greville
Labour
Signed on 23 November 1989
Leicester West
Johnston, Sir Russell
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 November 1989
Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber
Kennedy, Mr Charles
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 November 1989
Ross, Cromarty and Skye
Kilfedder, Sir James
Ulster Popular Unionist Party
Signed on 27 November 1989
North Down
Kirkwood, Sir Archy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 November 1989
Roxburgh and Berwickshire
Knox, Sir David
Conservative
Signed on 22 November 1989
Staffordshire Moorlands
Lambie, David
Labour
Signed on 23 November 1989
Cunninghame South
Lamond, James
Labour
Signed on 4 December 1989
Oldham Central and Royton
Latham, Sir Michael
Conservative
Signed on 28 November 1989
Rutland and Melton
Leadbitter, Ted
Labour
Signed on 22 November 1989
Hartlepool
Leighton, Ron
Labour
Signed on 6 December 1989
Newham North East
Loyden, Eddie
Labour
Signed on 30 November 1989
Liverpool, Garston
Macfarlane, Sir Neil
Conservative
Signed on 23 November 1989
Sutton and Cheam
Maclennan, Mr Robert
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 December 1989
Caithness and Sutherland
Marek, Dr John
Labour
Signed on 4 December 1989
Wrexham
Marshall, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 29 November 1989
Glasgow, Shettleston
Martin, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 23 November 1989
Portsmouth South
Martin, Mr Michael J.
Labour
Signed on 6 December 1989
Glasgow, Springburn
Martlew, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 29 November 1989
Carlisle
Mates, Lt Col Michael
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
East Hampshire
McAvoy, Mr Thomas
Labour
Signed on 6 December 1989
Glasgow, Rutherglen
McCrea, Rev Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 23 November 1989
Mid Ulster
McFall, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 28 November 1989
Dumbarton
McKay, Allen
Labour
Signed on 22 November 1989
Barnsley West and Penistone
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 23 November 1989
Mansfield
Michael, Alun
Labour
Signed on 23 November 1989
Cardiff South and Penarth
Michie, Mrs Ray
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 November 1989
Argyll and Bute
Mills, Iain
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Meriden
Mitchell, Mr Austin
Labour
Signed on 29 November 1989
Great Grimsby
Monro, Sir Hector
Conservative
Signed on 5 December 1989
Dumfries
Moonie, Dr Lewis
Labour
Signed on 29 November 1989
Kirkcaldy
Morris, Alf
Labour
Signed on 21 November 1989
Manchester, Wythenshawe
Morris, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 23 November 1989
Northampton South
Mudd, David
Conservative
Signed on 27 November 1989
Falmouth and Camborne
Mullin, Mr Chris
Labour
Signed on 4 December 1989
Sunderland South
Murphy, Mr Paul
Labour
Signed on 29 November 1989
Torfaen
Nicholson, David
Conservative
Signed on 24 November 1989
Taunton
Nicholson, Emma
Conservative
Signed on 29 November 1989
Torridge and West Devon
O'Brien, Sir Bill
Labour
Signed on 4 December 1989
Normanton
Oakes, Gordon
Labour
Signed on 22 November 1989
Halton
Owen, Dr David
Social Democratic Party
Signed on 30 November 1989
Plymouth, Devonport
Pawsey, James
Conservative
Signed on 4 December 1989
Rugby and Kenilworth
Peacock, Mrs Elizabeth
Conservative
Signed on 29 November 1989
Batley and Spen
Pendry, Mr Tom
Labour
Signed on 4 December 1989
Stalybridge and Hyde
Powell, Sir Raymond
Labour
Signed on 7 December 1989
Ogmore
Price, Sir David
Conservative
Signed on 23 November 1989
Eastleigh
Quin, Joyce
Labour
Signed on 4 December 1989
Gateshead East
Raffan, Keith
Conservative
Signed on 29 November 1989
Delyn
Raison, Sir Timothy
Conservative
Signed on 28 November 1989
Aylesbury
Rathbone, Tim
Conservative
Signed on 22 November 1989
Lewes
Rees, Merlyn
Labour
Signed on 4 December 1989
Morley and Leeds South
Rooker, Mr Jeff
Labour
Signed on 29 November 1989
Birmingham, Perry Barr
Rowlands, Mr Ted
Labour
Signed on 27 November 1989
Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Sayeed, Mr Jonathan
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Bristol East
Shaw, Sir Giles
Conservative
Signed on 30 November 1989
Pudsey
Sheerman, Mr Barry
Labour
Signed on 17 January 1990
Huddersfield
Sillars, Jim
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 November 1989
Glasgow, Govan
Smith, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 5 December 1989
Oxford East
Smith, Mr Chris
Labour
Signed on 22 November 1989
Islington South and Finsbury
Smith, Sir Dudley
Conservative
Signed on 4 December 1989
Warwick and Leamington
Smith, John
Labour
Signed on 4 December 1989
Vale of Glamorgan
Smyth, The Rev Martin
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 22 November 1989
South Belfast
Snape, Mr Peter
Labour
Signed on 4 December 1989
West Bromwich East
Soley, Mr Clive
Labour
Signed on 8 December 1989
Hammersmith
Speed, Sir Keith
Conservative
Signed on 30 November 1989
Ashford
Steel, Sir David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 November 1989
Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale
Steinberg, Mr Gerry
Labour
Signed on 28 November 1989
City of Durham
Stokes, Sir John
Conservative
Signed on 28 November 1989
Halesowen and Stourbridge
Strang, Dr Gavin
Labour
Signed on 6 December 1989
Edinburgh East
Taylor, Ann
Labour
Signed on 4 December 1989
Dewsbury
Taylor, Matthew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 November 1989
Truro
Thompson, Jack
Labour
Signed on 29 November 1989
Wansbeck
Thorne, Sir Neil
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Ilford South
Turner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 27 November 1989
Wolverhampton South East
Vaz, Keith
Labour
Signed on 22 November 1989
Leicester East
Walden, George
Conservative
Signed on 7 December 1989
Buckingham
Walker, Sir Cecil
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 30 November 1989
North Belfast
Wallace, Mr Jim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 November 1989
Orkney and Shetland
Walters, Sir Dennis
Conservative
Signed on 22 November 1989
Westbury
Wardell, Gareth
Labour
Signed on 29 November 1989
Gower
Watson, Mike
Labour
Signed on 7 December 1989
Glasgow Central
Wigley, Mr Dafydd
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 22 November 1989
Caernarfon
Wilkinson, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 30 November 1989
Ruislip - Northwood
Williams, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 22 November 1989
Swansea West
Wilson, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 6 December 1989
Cunninghame North
Winnick, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 4 December 1989
Walsall North
Wise, Mrs Audrey
Labour
Signed on 27 November 1989
Preston
Worthington, Tony
Labour
Signed on 8 December 1989
Clydebank and Milngavie

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.

Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signature withdrawn on 29 November 1989
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Allason, Rupert
Conservative
Signature withdrawn on 28 November 1989
Torbay
Amos, Mr Alan
Conservative
Signature withdrawn on 6 December 1989
Hexham
Beaumont-Dark, Sir Anthony
Conservative
Signature withdrawn on 28 November 1989
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Buchan, Norman
Labour
Signature withdrawn on 23 November 1989
Paisley South
Cash, Mr William
Conservative
Signature withdrawn on 28 November 1989
Stafford
Devlin, Mr Tim
Conservative
Signature withdrawn on 23 November 1989
Stockton South
Field, Barry
Conservative
Signature withdrawn on 30 November 1989
Isle of Wight
Gale, Mr Roger
Conservative
Signature withdrawn on 23 November 1989
North Thanet
Greenway, Harry
Conservative
Signature withdrawn on 28 November 1989
Ealing North
Gregory, Conal
Conservative
Signature withdrawn on 22 November 1989
York
Holt, Richard
Conservative
Signature withdrawn on 30 November 1989
Langbaurgh
Hughes, Sean
Labour
Signature withdrawn on 5 December 1989
Knowsley South
Knapman, Mr Roger
Conservative
Signature withdrawn on 30 November 1989
Stroud
Mans, Keith
Conservative
Signature withdrawn on 30 November 1989
Wyre
Porter, David
Conservative
Signature withdrawn on 30 November 1989
Waveney
Powell, William
Conservative
Signature withdrawn on 5 December 1989
Corby
Smith, Timothy
Conservative
Signature withdrawn on 22 November 1989
Beaconsfield
Stewart, Allan
Conservative
Signature withdrawn on 30 November 1989
Eastwood
Taylor, Mr Ian
Conservative
Signature withdrawn on 30 November 1989
Esher
Thornton, Sir Malcolm
Conservative
Signature withdrawn on 27 November 1989
Crosby
Ward, Sir John
Conservative
Signature withdrawn on 24 November 1989
Poole
Whitney, Sir Ray
Conservative
Signature withdrawn on 29 November 1989
Wycombe

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

Treatment of Widows of Servicemen (Amendment 1)
At end add 'and calls upon the Government to bring forward the necessary legislation in this Parliamentary session as the Conservative Party promised to do in its manifesto 15 years ago.'.
Labour, Nottingham North
12
signatures
EDM 2A1: tabled on 22 November 1989
Treatment of Widows of Servicemen (Amendment 2)
At end add 'further notes the Prime Minister's correspondence dated 13th October 1975 saying 'specifically related to war widows we promised in our October 1974 manifesto that we would remove the distinction concerning whether or not the husband had been in service before or after 31st March 1973'; and requests that all honourable Members press the Prime Minister to live up to her promise.'.
Labour, Nottingham North
20
signatures
EDM 2A2: tabled on 22 November 1989
Treatment of Widows of Servicemen (Amendment 3)
After 'Government', insert 'immediately'.
Labour, Coventry South East
18
signatures
EDM 2A3: tabled on 22 November 1989
Treatment of Widows of Servicemen (Amendment 4)
at end add 'and cannot accept that Her Majesty's Government resources are insufficient to pay pensions at least equivalent to those paid to the war widows of Germany and Japan.
Conservative, Hastings and Rye
1
signature
EDM 2A4: tabled on 29 November 1989
Treatment of Widows of Servicemen (Amendment 5)
Leave out from 'House' to end and add 'recognises the unique place that war widows have in the respect and sympathy of the nation and the very particular contribution that their husbands made to our country's defence and safety over two world wars; and urges Her Majesty's Government to ensure that their pension arrangements are immediately improved to remove as far as possible from war widows the hardship that they may currently face.'.
Conservative, Esher
63
signatures
EDM 2A5: tabled on 6 December 1989