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RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS IN FRENCH SCHOOLS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 461: tabled on 21 January 2004

Tabled in the 2003-04 session.

This motion has been signed by 87 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes the proposals to ban noticeable religious symbols in French schools; recognises the importance of wearing certain items as a sign of faith, such as the Muslim hijab, Sikh turban, Jewish kippa and Christian crucifix or cross; understands that the concept of school uniforms, popular in the United Kingdom, is less common in France where there is greater emphasis on individual identity; believes that this ban is a direct attack on religious expression and its importance to individual identity; reaffirms support for freedom of religious expression as a fundamental human right enshrined in international law; and calls on Her Majesty's Government to make strong representations with partners across the European Union against this blatant restriction of personal freedom, in defence of France's diverse faith communities.

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.

Best, Mr Harold
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2004
Leeds North West
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 21 January 2004
Worthing West
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 January 2004
Carshalton and Wallington
Burstow, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 February 2004
Sutton and Cheam
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 March 2004
Twickenham
Calton, Mrs Patsy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 February 2004
Cheadle
Campbell, Mrs Anne
Labour
Signed on 25 February 2004
Cambridge
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2004
Gower
Clarke, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 23 March 2004
Northampton South
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2004
Leyton and Wanstead
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 1 March 2004
Stockton North
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2004
Islington North
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2004
Keighley
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2004
Easington
Davey, Mr Edward
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 February 2004
Kingston and Surbiton
Dhanda, Mr Parmjit
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2004
Gloucester
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 30 January 2004
Hendon
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2004
Heywood and Middleton
Dorrell, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 12 March 2004
Charnwood
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2004
Stroud
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2004
Sunderland North
Ewing, Annabelle
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 January 2004
Perth
Fisher, Mark
Labour
Signed on 16 March 2004
Stoke-on-Trent Central
Galloway, Mr George
Independent Labour
Signed on 26 February 2004
Glasgow, Kelvin
Gapes, Mike
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2004
Ilford South
George, Mr Bruce
Labour
Signed on 12 March 2004
Walsall South
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2004
Walthamstow
Gibson, Dr Ian
Labour
Signed on 25 February 2004
Norwich North
Gidley, Sandra
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 January 2004
Romsey
Parmjit Singh Gill,
Signed on 16 November 2004
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 24 March 2004
Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath
Griffiths, Mr Win
Labour
Signed on 5 March 2004
Bridgend
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 January 2004
Portsmouth South
Hendrick, Mr Mark
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2004
Preston
Hughes, Simon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 April 2004
North Southwark and Bermondsey
Hurst, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 22 January 2004
Braintree
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2004
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Nigel
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 January 2004
Cheltenham
Khabra, Mr Piara S
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2004
Ealing, Southall
King, Andy
Labour
Signed on 29 January 2004
Rugby and Kenilworth
Lamb, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 February 2004
North Norfolk
Lazarowicz, Mark
Labour
Signed on 15 March 2004
Edinburgh North and Leith
Lilley, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 6 February 2004
Hitchin and Harpenden
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2004
Manchester Central
Mahmood, Mr Khalid
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2004
Birmingham, Perry Barr
Marris, Rob
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2004
Wolverhampton South West
Marsden, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 January 2004
Shrewsbury and Atcham
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2004
Hayes and Harlington
McFall, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 12 February 2004
Dumbarton
McKechin, Ann
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2004
Glasgow, Maryhill
McNamara, Mr Kevin
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2004
Kingston upon Hull North
Oaten, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 March 2004
Winchester
Öpik, Lembit
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 March 2004
Montgomeryshire
Plaskitt, Mr James
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2004
Warwick and Leamington
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 January 2004
Southport
Randall, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 1 March 2004
Uxbridge
Reid, Mr Alan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 March 2004
Argyll and Bute
Robertson, Angus
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 January 2004
Moray
Robertson, John
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2004
Glasgow, Anniesland
Roe, Mrs Marion
Conservative
Signed on 9 March 2004
Broxbourne
Ross, Mr Ernie
Labour
Signed on 1 March 2004
Dundee West
Salmond, Mr Alex
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 January 2004
Banff and Buchan
Salter, Martin
Labour
Signed on 17 March 2004
Reading West
Selous, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 21 January 2004
South West Bedfordshire
Short, Clare
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2004
Birmingham, Ladywood
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 5 February 2004
Nottingham South
Singh, Mr Marsha
Labour
Signed on 26 March 2004
Bradford West
Smyth, The Rev Martin
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 25 February 2004
Belfast South
Stunell, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 March 2004
Hazel Grove
Taylor, Matthew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 February 2004
Truro and St Austell
Teather, Sarah
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 January 2004
Brent East
Tonge, Dr Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 March 2004
Richmond Park
Truswell, Mr Paul
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2004
Pudsey
Turner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2004
Wolverhampton South East
Vaz, Keith
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2004
Leicester East
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2004
Finchley and Golders Green
Weir, Mr Mike
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 January 2004
Angus
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2004
Conwy
Wishart, Pete
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 January 2004
North Tayside
Worthington, Tony
Labour
Signed on 29 January 2004
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.