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AGE OF ARMED FORCES RECRUITMENT

EDM (Early Day Motion) 595: tabled on 14 July 2005

Tabled in the 2005-06 session.

This motion has been signed by 70 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 that those currently entering the army at the age of 16 years are committed for four years beyond their eighteenth birthday; welcomes the recommendation of the Defence Select Committee that the Ministry of Defence consider raising the age of recruitment into the armed forces to 18 years; further welcomes the finding of the Joint Committee on Human Rights that the UK Government's declaration on ratifying the UN Optional Protocol to the Rights of the Child is overly broad, thereby undermining the UK's commitment not to deploy under-18s in conflict zones; and urges the Government to withdraw its declaration and to raise the age at which young recruits can be enlisted into the armed forces to 18 years and thereby set an example of good practice internationally.

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.

Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 12 December 2005
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Alexander, Danny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 March 2006
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Baker, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 October 2006
Lewes
Barrett, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 October 2005
Edinburgh West
Benton, Mr Joe
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2006
Bootle
Berry, Dr Roger
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2006
Kingswood
Brooke, Annette
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 October 2006
Mid Dorset and North Poole
Brown, Lyn
Labour
Signed on 12 October 2006
West Ham
Burt, Lorely
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 December 2005
Solihull
Butler, Ms Dawn
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2006
Brent South
Carmichael, Mr Alistair
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 October 2006
Orkney and Shetland
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 30 November 2005
Gower
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 20 July 2005
Barnsley West and Penistone
Clark, Ms Katy
Labour
Signed on 29 November 2005
North Ayrshire and Arran
Clegg, Mr Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 November 2005
Sheffield, Hallam
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 29 November 2005
Stockton North
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 20 July 2005
Islington North
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 24 October 2005
Bolton North East
Creagh, Mary
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2006
Wakefield
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 19 July 2005
Keighley
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 15 December 2005
Coventry South
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 2 December 2005
Burton
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 10 October 2005
Sunderland North
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 October 2006
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Foster, Michael Jabez
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2006
Hastings and Rye
Francis, Dr Hywel
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2006
Aberavon
Galloway, Mr George
Respect
Signed on 9 October 2006
Bethnal Green and Bow
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 April 2006
St Ives
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 30 November 2005
Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath
Harris, Dr Evan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 October 2006
Oxford West and Abingdon
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 21 July 2005
Luton North
Horwood, Mr Martin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 October 2006
Cheltenham
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 21 July 2005
Tamworth
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2006
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Kramer, Susan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 December 2005
Richmond Park
Lancaster, Mr Mark
Conservative
Signed on 11 January 2006
North East Milton Keynes
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 December 2005
Manchester, Withington
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 20 July 2005
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Malik, Mr Shahid
Labour
Signed on 1 December 2005
Dewsbury
McCafferty, Chris
Labour
Signed on 14 October 2005
Calder Valley
McCarthy, Kerry
Labour
Signed on 1 December 2005
Bristol East
McCarthy-Fry, Sarah
Labour
Signed on 10 October 2006
Portsmouth North
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 8 December 2005
Belfast South
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 20 July 2005
Hayes and Harlington
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2006
Mansfield
Moon, Mrs Madeleine
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2006
Bridgend
Morgan, Julie
Labour
Signed on 16 October 2006
Cardiff North
Oaten, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 October 2006
Winchester
Penning, Mike
Conservative
Signed on 30 November 2005
Hemel Hempstead
Prosser, Gwyn
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2006
Dover
Reed, Mr Jamie
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2006
Copeland
Rowen, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 November 2006
Rochdale
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 October 2006
Torbay
Short, Clare
Labour
Signed on 30 November 2005
Birmingham, Ladywood
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 21 July 2005
Nottingham South
Singh, Mr Marsha
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2006
Bradford West
Strang, Dr Gavin
Labour
Signed on 18 October 2005
Edinburgh East
Thornberry, Ms Emily
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2006
Islington South and Finsbury
Vaz, Keith
Labour
Signed on 31 October 2006
Leicester East
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 1 November 2005
Finchley and Golders Green
Walley, Joan
Labour
Signed on 10 October 2006
Stoke-on-Trent North
Walter, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 9 October 2006
North Dorset
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 5 December 2005
Conwy
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 July 2005
Harrogate and Knaresborough

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.