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CITIZENSHIP PROPOSALS AND COMMONWEALTH RELATIONS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1010: tabled on 21 February 2008

Tabled in the 2007-08 session.

This motion has been signed by 63 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 is shocked to find that the Green Paper The Path to Citizenship includes a Government proposal to consult on abolishing the `UK ancestry' route to entry into the UK; points out that this route was a 1972 abridgement of a partial right which had been long available before, to allow Commonwealth citizens to come into the United Kingdom and work if they had a grandparent born in the United Kingdom; emphasises that such entry is an historic and a moral obligation, so that though the numbers entering are small, to even consider getting rid of it will produce shock, anger and dismay in Commonwealth countries which fought two World Wars shoulder to shoulder with the United Kingdom, and have maintained close relations since, and will anger the large number of families and relations with Commonwealth connections in the United Kingdom; and totally rejects the view expressed by Home Department officials to Commonwealth diplomats that the concepts of immigration and of Commonwealth that this route is linked to are `outdated', while New Zealand diplomats were `left in no doubt that neither officials nor Minister Byrne considered themselves bound to New Zealand by any historical ties', an amazing betrayal of the Commonwealth, a failure to understand history, and a brutal incomprehension of loyalties, associations, fellowships and relationships totally unworthy of officials who claim to be `putting British values at the heart of the immigration system'.

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.

Bercow, John
Conservative
Signed on 17 March 2008
Buckingham
Boswell, Mr Tim
Conservative
Signed on 4 March 2008
Daventry
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 22 February 2008
Worthing West
Brady, Mr Graham
Conservative
Signed on 4 March 2008
Altrincham and Sale West
Burt, Lorely
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 March 2008
Solihull
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 March 2008
Twickenham
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 26 February 2008
East Londonderry
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2008
Blyth Valley
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 25 February 2008
Gower
Challen, Colin
Labour
Signed on 5 March 2008
Morley and Rothwell
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 26 February 2008
Barnsley West and Penistone
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2008
Leyton and Wanstead
Connarty, Michael
Labour
Signed on 5 March 2008
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Conway, Derek
Independent Conservative
Signed on 22 February 2008
Old Bexley and Sidcup
Crabb, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 11 March 2008
Preseli Pembrokeshire
Curtis-Thomas, Mrs Claire
Labour
Signed on 10 March 2008
Crosby
Davidson, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 5 March 2008
Glasgow South West
Davies, Dai
Independent
Signed on 25 February 2008
Blaenau Gwent
Davies, David T. C.
Conservative
Signed on 11 March 2008
Monmouth
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 26 February 2008
Burton
Dorrell, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 1 May 2008
Charnwood
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 26 February 2008
Stroud
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 11 March 2008
Sunderland North
Field, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 14 March 2008
Birkenhead
Gibson, Dr Ian
Labour
Signed on 25 February 2008
Norwich North
Grieve, Mr Dominic
Conservative
Signed on 27 March 2008
Beaconsfield
Grogan, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 5 March 2008
Selby
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 February 2008
Portsmouth South
Hands, Mr Greg
Conservative
Signed on 11 March 2008
Hammersmith and Fulham
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 22 February 2008
Luton North
Horam, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 6 March 2008
Orpington
Hosie, Stewart
Scottish National Party
Signed on 3 April 2008
Dundee East
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 25 February 2008
Chorley
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 25 March 2008
Barnsley Central
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2008
Tamworth
Jones, Mr Martyn
Labour
Signed on 7 March 2008
Clwyd South
Mackinlay, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 29 April 2008
Thurrock
MacNeil, Mr Angus
Scottish National Party
Signed on 3 April 2008
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Mates, Mr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 4 March 2008
East Hampshire
McCrea, Rev Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 27 February 2008
South Antrim
Morgan, Julie
Labour
Signed on 20 March 2008
Cardiff North
Prentice, Mr Gordon
Labour
Signed on 22 February 2008
Pendle
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 May 2008
Southport
Robertson, Angus
Scottish National Party
Signed on 3 April 2008
Moray
Rosindell, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 20 March 2008
Romford
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2008
Nottingham South
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 27 February 2008
Upper Bann
Soames, Hon Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 26 February 2008
Mid Sussex
Spink, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 27 February 2008
Castle Point
Stringer, Graham
Labour
Signed on 22 February 2008
Manchester, Blackley
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 22 February 2008
North West Leicestershire
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 5 March 2008
Finchley and Golders Green
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Independent
Signed on 27 February 2008
Liverpool, West Derby
Weir, Mr Mike
Scottish National Party
Signed on 3 April 2008
Angus
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 25 February 2008
Congleton
Wishart, Pete
Scottish National Party
Signed on 3 April 2008
Perth and North Perthshire
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 February 2008
Teignbridge

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.