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ROLE OF CHIEF CONSTABLES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 994: tabled on 09 November 2005

Tabled in the 2005-06 session.

This motion has been signed by 85 Members. It has received 1 amendment.

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

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Motion text

That this House condemns the unprecedented campaign to mobilise chief constables to lobby honourable Members in favour of Government policy; fears that this is a damaging step towards the politicisation of the police; understands that the Government's threat to merge police forces has put additional pressure on chief constables, all of whom may shortly be up for reselection, to acquiesce in demands for them to endorse Government policy; regrets that some chief constables gave the measure their backing even though they and their forces had no local experience of the problems allegedly making it necessary; calls on them in future to leave lobbying and advocacy to others; praises the police for their courage and dedication in tackling terrorism; accepts that police have a duty to offer Ministers in confidence advice and evidence based on that experience; but believes the essence of Ministerial responsibility is that Ministers alone are responsible for the advice and evidence that they accept and the policy conclusions they reach; and deplores the Government's attempts to escape that responsibility by invoking the authority of public servants thereby embroiling them in politics.

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.

Ainsworth, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 11 November 2005
East Surrey
Alexander, Danny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 November 2005
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Amess, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 17 November 2005
Southend West
Barrett, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 December 2005
Edinburgh West
Beith, Sir Alan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 November 2005
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Benyon, Mr Richard
Conservative
Signed on 15 November 2005
Newbury
Bercow, John
Conservative
Signed on 9 November 2005
Buckingham
Boswell, Mr Tim
Conservative
Signed on 17 November 2005
Daventry
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 10 November 2005
Worthing West
Brazier, Mr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 16 November 2005
Canterbury
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 November 2005
South East Cornwall
Brokenshire, James
Conservative
Signed on 11 November 2005
Hornchurch
Burns, Mr Simon
Conservative
Signed on 14 November 2005
West Chelmsford
Burstow, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 November 2005
Sutton and Cheam
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 15 November 2005
East Londonderry
Carswell, Mr Douglas
Conservative
Signed on 16 November 2005
Harwich
Crabb, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 15 November 2005
Preseli Pembrokeshire
Davies, David T. C.
Conservative
Signed on 7 December 2005
Monmouth
Davies, Philip
Conservative
Signed on 9 November 2005
Shipley
Davis, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 8 February 2006
Haltemprice and Howden
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 15 November 2005
Belfast North
Donaldson, Mr Jeffrey M.
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 10 November 2005
Lagan Valley
Dorries, Nadine
Conservative
Signed on 9 November 2005
Mid Bedfordshire
Duddridge, James
Conservative
Signed on 16 November 2005
Rochford and Southend East
Duncan, Mr Alan
Conservative
Signed on 2 February 2006
Rutland and Melton
Fabricant, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 15 November 2005
Lichfield
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 December 2005
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Fraser, Mr Christopher
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 2005
South West Norfolk
Galloway, Mr George
Respect
Signed on 24 November 2005
Bethnal Green and Bow
Gillan, Mrs Cheryl
Conservative
Signed on 16 November 2005
Chesham and Amersham
Gray, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 14 November 2005
North Wiltshire
Green, Damian
Conservative
Signed on 26 January 2006
Ashford
Harper, Mr Mark
Conservative
Signed on 14 November 2005
Forest of Dean
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 November 2005
North Devon
Heald, Mr Oliver
Conservative
Signed on 22 November 2005
North East Hertfordshire
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 November 2005
Birmingham, Yardley
Holloway, Mr Adam
Conservative
Signed on 16 January 2006
Gravesham
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 November 2005
Chesterfield
Horwood, Mr Martin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 November 2005
Cheltenham
Hunt, Mr Jeremy
Conservative
Signed on 17 November 2005
South West Surrey
Hunter, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 November 2005
Cheadle
Jackson, Mr Stewart
Conservative
Signed on 9 November 2005
Peterborough
Jones, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 15 November 2005
Clwyd West
Key, Robert
Conservative
Signed on 10 November 2005
Salisbury
Laing, Mrs Eleanor
Conservative
Signed on 17 November 2005
Epping Forest
Lewis, Dr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 15 November 2005
New Forest East
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 14 November 2005
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Loughton, Tim
Conservative
Signed on 10 November 2005
East Worthing and Shoreham
Luff, Peter
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 2005
Mid Worcestershire
Mackay, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 10 November 2005
Bracknell
MacNeil, Mr Angus
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 November 2005
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Mercer, Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 24 April 2006
Newark
Miller, Mrs Maria
Conservative
Signed on 16 November 2005
Basingstoke
Milton, Anne
Conservative
Signed on 23 January 2006
Guildford
Moss, Mr Malcolm
Conservative
Signed on 14 November 2005
North East Cambridgeshire
Murrison, Dr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 20 December 2005
Westbury
Newmark, Mr Brooks
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 2005
Braintree
O'Brien, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 14 November 2005
Eddisbury
Pelling, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 22 November 2005
Croydon Central
Price, Adam
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 21 November 2005
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Pritchard, Mark
Conservative
Signed on 9 November 2005
The Wrekin
Robinson, Mrs Iris
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 10 November 2005
Strangford
Rosindell, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 28 November 2005
Romford
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 November 2005
Colchester
Selous, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 14 November 2005
South West Bedfordshire
Shapps, Grant
Conservative
Signed on 9 November 2005
Welwyn Hatfield
Spelman, Mrs Caroline
Conservative
Signed on 23 January 2006
Meriden
Spink, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 10 November 2005
Castle Point
Swire, Mr Hugo
Conservative
Signed on 6 March 2006
East Devon
Vaizey, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 9 November 2005
Wantage
Viggers, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 14 June 2006
Gosport
Wallace, Mr Ben
Conservative
Signed on 2 February 2006
Lancaster and Wyre
Waterson, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 15 November 2005
Eastbourne
Watkinson, Angela
Conservative
Signed on 15 November 2005
Upminster
Wiggin, Bill
Conservative
Signed on 1 March 2006
Leominster
Willetts, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 15 November 2005
Havant
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 16 November 2005
Caernarfon
Wilshire, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 19 December 2005
Spelthorne
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 10 November 2005
Congleton

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.

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

ROLE OF CHIEF CONSTABLES (Amendment 1)
at end add `; but recognises that politicisation of the police service is nothing new, as demonstrated by the events of the miners' strike in 1984.'.
Labour, Bolsover
6
signatures
EDM 994A1: tabled on 14 November 2005