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TEST MATCH SPECIAL

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1298: tabled on 19 December 2005

Tabled in the 2005-06 session.

This motion has been signed by 66 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 pays tribute to the development of BBC's Test Match Special (TMS) programme over the years to become a much loved institution; congratulates them on their coverage of the recent momentous Ashes series; pays special tribute to the inimitable Henry Blofeld, who was recently recognised as the BBC's most popular cricket commentator topping the latest poll of cricket journalists by Wisden Cricket Monthly; regrets that he was not included in the TMS commentary team which covered England's series triumph at the Oval test match in September and the current tour of Pakistan; hopes to hear this individual national institution broadcast from India on England's forthcoming tour and in the future; further recognises that the TMS's special place in Great Britain's affections comes from the individual character of its commentators and summarisers; and urges the BBC to protect this institution by continuing to draw on the services of broadcasters of the individual quality and character of Henry Blofeld, who are the heirs of the tradition established by John Arlott and Brian Johnston.

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.

Atkinson, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 19 December 2005
Hexham
Bone, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 19 December 2005
Wellingborough
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 20 December 2005
Worthing West
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 December 2005
South East Cornwall
Burrowes, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 16 January 2006
Enfield, Southgate
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 10 January 2006
East Londonderry
Conway, Derek
Conservative
Signed on 9 January 2006
Old Bexley and Sidcup
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 19 December 2005
Islington North
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 8 February 2006
Bolton North East
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 17 January 2006
Keighley
Davies, Philip
Conservative
Signed on 10 January 2006
Shipley
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 11 January 2006
Burton
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 20 December 2005
Hendon
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 17 January 2006
Belfast North
Donaldson, Mr Jeffrey M.
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 11 January 2006
Lagan Valley
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 10 January 2006
Stroud
Ellwood, Mr Tobias
Conservative
Signed on 19 December 2005
Bournemouth East
Ennis, Jeff
Labour
Signed on 10 January 2006
Barnsley East and Mexborough
Evennett, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 19 December 2005
Bexleyheath and Crayford
Fisher, Mark
Labour
Signed on 16 January 2006
Stoke-on-Trent Central
Flello, Mr Robert
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2006
Stoke-on-Trent South
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 December 2005
St Ives
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 16 January 2006
Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath
Goodman, Helen
Labour
Signed on 17 January 2006
Bishop Auckland
Hammond, Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 31 January 2006
Wimbledon
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 January 2006
Portsmouth South
Hayes, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 26 January 2006
South Holland and The Deepings
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 January 2006
Birmingham, Yardley
Hepburn, Mr Stephen
Labour
Signed on 10 January 2006
Jarrow
Hermon, Lady Sylvia
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 16 January 2006
North Down
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 12 January 2006
Luton North
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 16 January 2006
Chorley
Hunt, Mr Jeremy
Conservative
Signed on 19 December 2005
South West Surrey
Hunter, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 January 2006
Cheadle
Hurd, Mr Nick
Conservative
Signed on 2 February 2006
Ruislip - Northwood
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 12 January 2006
Barnsley Central
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 10 January 2006
Tamworth
Keetch, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 January 2006
Hereford
Lancaster, Mr Mark
Conservative
Signed on 19 December 2005
North East Milton Keynes
Lepper, David
Labour
Signed on 9 January 2006
Brighton, Pavilion
Luff, Peter
Conservative
Signed on 19 January 2006
Mid Worcestershire
Mackay, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 20 December 2005
Bracknell
MacNeil, Mr Angus
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 January 2006
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Marsden, Mr Gordon
Labour
Signed on 11 January 2006
Blackpool South
Mates, Mr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 11 January 2006
East Hampshire
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 6 November 2006
Hayes and Harlington
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 10 January 2006
Mansfield
Paice, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 26 January 2006
South East Cambridgeshire
Pelling, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 9 January 2006
Croydon Central
Prisk, Mr Mark
Conservative
Signed on 10 January 2006
Hertford and Stortford
Robertson, Mr Laurence
Conservative
Signed on 19 December 2005
Tewkesbury
Robinson, Mrs Iris
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 20 December 2005
Strangford
Rosindell, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 8 March 2006
Romford
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 11 January 2006
Upper Bann
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 20 December 2005
Bolsover
Spink, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 20 December 2005
Castle Point
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 20 December 2005
North West Leicestershire
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 9 January 2006
Finchley and Golders Green
Williams, Mr Roger
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 January 2006
Brecon and Radnorshire

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.