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FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION FOR SCRIPTWRITERS AND PRODUCERS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 822: tabled on 02 March 2005

Tabled in the 2004-05 session.

This motion has been signed by 30 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 upholds the right to freedom of expression and supports the right of scriptwriters and theatre and television producers to continue to offer audiences challenging works without fear of harassment; condemns the strident demands for censorship by extremist groups, for example against the writer and producers of the play 'Bezhti'; calls on the Government to uphold the importance of democratic principles in the arts; further condemns the issuing of threats against staff at the BBC by Christian Voice coinciding with the broadcast of 'Jerry Springer the Opera'; condemns the behaviour of Christian Voice in pressurising the cancer charity, Maggie Centre, further into refusing a donation from the production company of 'Jerry Springer the Opera' and is deeply concerned at this group's threat to target abortion clinics; and calls on the Home Secretary to investigate the activities of Christian Voice.

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.

Clarke, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 10 March 2005
Northampton South
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 8 March 2005
Islington North
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 14 March 2005
Keighley
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 9 March 2005
Sunderland North
Hamilton, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 3 March 2005
Midlothian
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 March 2005
Portsmouth South
Hepburn, Mr Stephen
Labour
Signed on 8 March 2005
Jarrow
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 March 2005
Chesterfield
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 3 March 2005
Barnsley Central
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 3 March 2005
Hampstead and Highgate
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 3 March 2005
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 3 March 2005
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Mahon, Alice
Labour
Signed on 3 March 2005
Halifax
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 14 March 2005
Hayes and Harlington
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 3 March 2005
Mansfield
Mitchell, Mr Austin
Labour
Signed on 16 March 2005
Great Grimsby
Owen, Albert
Labour
Signed on 8 March 2005
Ynys Môn
Pope, Mr Greg
Labour
Signed on 14 March 2005
Hyndburn
Sawford, Phil
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2005
Kettering
Sedgemore, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2005
Hackney South and Shoreditch
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 14 March 2005
Nottingham South
Tonge, Dr Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 March 2005
Richmond Park
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Labour
Signed on 4 April 2005
Liverpool, West Derby
Wyatt, Derek
Labour
Signed on 8 March 2005
Sittingbourne and Sheppey

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.