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STATUTORY DUTY ON LOBBYING

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1059: tabled on 16 November 2005

Tabled in the 2005-06 session.

This motion has been signed by 53 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 notes that, shortly after the Home Secretary urged chief police officers to lobby honourable Members in favour of Government policy, a senior Home Office official wrote to chief probation officers banning them from lobbying; accepts that the Home Office Director of Probation stated the position of chief officers and other senior officials correctly when he told them `I am writing to you formally to remind you of your responsibilities in your roles as statutory office holders, ministerial appointees and civil servants. You should not engage in lobbying activity...'; believes that this demonstrates that the Home Secretary was quite wrong to invite chief constables to write to honourable Members in their areas to lobby for Government policy on a highly contentious matter; reaffirms that this was a dangerous step towards politicisation of the police force, who have a proud record of being non-partisan in this country; calls on the Home Secretary to come to the House to explain the contradictions in his Department's policy on lobbying; urges the Select Committee on Home Affairs to investigate the unprecedented mobilisation of chief constables to support central government policy; expresses concern at the statement in the Home Office letter that officials `should avoid any action that might suggest you are encouraging staff to lobby against Government policy'; believes it would be extremely damaging if, together with the public efforts to persuade police to lobby in favour of Government policy, the Government were to establish a rule that officials can lobby in support of Government policy but not against it; and recommends that public servants offer advice to Ministers and give factual evidence in response to inquiries from members of the public but avoid being drawn into lobbying for or against Government policies.

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.

Amess, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 28 November 2005
Southend West
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 23 November 2005
Worthing West
Brazier, Mr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 6 December 2005
Canterbury
Brokenshire, James
Conservative
Signed on 12 December 2005
Hornchurch
Conway, Derek
Conservative
Signed on 17 November 2005
Old Bexley and Sidcup
Dorrell, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 17 November 2005
Charnwood
Duddridge, James
Conservative
Signed on 23 November 2005
Rochford and Southend East
Fabricant, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 2005
Lichfield
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
Garnier, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 23 November 2005
Harborough
Gauke, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 16 November 2005
South West Hertfordshire
Gillan, Mrs Cheryl
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 2005
Chesham and Amersham
Gray, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 22 November 2005
North Wiltshire
Hammond, Mr Philip
Conservative
Signed on 1 December 2005
Runnymede and Weybridge
Hammond, Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 30 November 2005
Wimbledon
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 November 2005
Portsmouth South
Heald, Mr Oliver
Conservative
Signed on 22 November 2005
North East Hertfordshire
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 November 2005
Birmingham, Yardley
Hendry, Charles
Conservative
Signed on 20 December 2005
Wealden
Horam, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 22 November 2005
Orpington
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 17 November 2005
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Key, Robert
Conservative
Signed on 17 November 2005
Salisbury
Laing, Mrs Eleanor
Conservative
Signed on 28 November 2005
Epping Forest
Lewis, Dr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 28 November 2005
New Forest East
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 1 December 2005
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Loughton, Tim
Conservative
Signed on 24 November 2005
East Worthing and Shoreham
Luff, Peter
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 2005
Mid Worcestershire
Mackay, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 17 November 2005
Bracknell
Mercer, Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 24 April 2006
Newark
Milton, Anne
Conservative
Signed on 22 November 2005
Guildford
Moss, Mr Malcolm
Conservative
Signed on 22 November 2005
North East Cambridgeshire
Mundell, David
Conservative
Signed on 30 November 2005
Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale
Murrison, Dr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 20 December 2005
Westbury
Pelling, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 22 November 2005
Croydon Central
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 November 2005
Southport
Robinson, Mrs Iris
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 17 November 2005
Strangford
Rosindell, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 28 November 2005
Romford
Rowen, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 November 2005
Rochdale
Selous, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 28 November 2005
South West Bedfordshire
Spelman, Mrs Caroline
Conservative
Signed on 1 December 2005
Meriden
Spink, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 2005
Castle Point
Swire, Mr Hugo
Conservative
Signed on 6 March 2006
East Devon
Vara, Mr Shailesh
Conservative
Signed on 29 November 2005
North West Cambridgeshire
Watkinson, Angela
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 2005
Upminster
Wiggin, Bill
Conservative
Signed on 5 December 2005
Leominster
Wilshire, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 19 December 2005
Spelthorne

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.

STATUTORY DUTY ON LOBBYING (Amendment 1)
leave out from `who' to end and insert `had a proud record of being non-partisan in this country until 1984-85 when the Thatcher Government used the police forces for a whole year in order to starve miners' families and close pits.'.
Labour, Bolsover
11
signatures
EDM 1059A1: tabled on 17 November 2005