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UGANDA'S TRANSITION TO POLITICAL PLURALISM

EDM (Early Day Motion) 755: tabled on 22 February 2005

Tabled in the 2004-05 session.

This motion has been signed by 38 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 welcomes the decision by President Museveni to lift the ban on political activities after 19 years; further welcomes the launch of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and the election of the exiled Dr Kizza Besigye as their national chairman and prospective presidential candidate in 2006; further welcomes the ongoing efforts by FDC to forge a wider coalition of opposition parties; believes that only a united opposition can provide a healthy and vibrant counterbalance; regrets the reported public flogging by Government soldiers of opposition MPs and the ongoing arrests and detention of FDC leaders and supporters; further regrets the plans by President Museveni to amend the constitution so that he can rule indefinitely; and now calls on Her Majesty's Government to redouble its bilateral and multilateral efforts with its EU partners to encourage the Ugandan authorities to co-operate with the opposition, to fund them, to create a level playing field, including the appointment of an independent Electoral Commission, and to allow the early and safe return from exile of Dr Besigye and other opposition leaders if the 2006 presidential and parliamentary elections are to be free and fair.

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.

Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 March 2005
Carshalton and Wallington
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 February 2005
Twickenham
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2005
Gower
Chaytor, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 9 March 2005
Bury North
Clarke, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 8 March 2005
Northampton South
Coleman, Mr Iain
Labour
Signed on 4 April 2005
Hammersmith and Fulham
Colman, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 28 February 2005
Putney
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 9 March 2005
Islington North
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2005
Keighley
Davey, Valerie
Labour
Signed on 14 March 2005
Bristol West
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2005
Heywood and Middleton
Doughty, Sue
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 April 2005
Guildford
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 1 March 2005
Stroud
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 25 February 2005
Sunderland North
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2005
Newport West
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 February 2005
St Ives
Gill, Parmjit Singh
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 March 2005
Leicester South
Griffiths, Mr Win
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2005
Bridgend
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 February 2005
Chesterfield
Hughes, Simon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 March 2005
North Southwark and Bermondsey
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2005
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Nigel
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 March 2005
Cheltenham
Marsden, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 February 2005
Shrewsbury and Atcham
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2005
Hayes and Harlington
McNamara, Mr Kevin
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2005
Kingston upon Hull North
Owen, Albert
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2005
Ynys Môn
Reed, Mr Andy
Labour
Signed on 10 March 2005
Loughborough
Robertson, Angus
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 March 2005
Moray
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 14 March 2005
Nottingham South
Singh, Mr Marsha
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2005
Bradford West
Tyler, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 February 2005
North Cornwall
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2005
Finchley and Golders Green

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.