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DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY PARTY AND TURKEY

EDM (Early Day Motion) 368: tabled on 18 December 2008

Tabled in the 2008-09 session.

This motion has been signed by 34 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 deplores the proceedings taken in the Turkish Constitutional Court to ban the Turkish political party known as the Democratic Society Party (DTP), which has a large and important following among Turkey's Kurdish populace including 22 elected Kurdish members of the Turkish National Assembly, constituting its fourth largest faction dedicated to democratic principles and almost the only specifically Kurdish political voice available to the 18 to 20 million Kurdish-speaking people of Turkey who have long been deprived of due and proper ethnic recognition; urges the Government to call on the Turkish government actively to seek the withdrawal of those proceedings which endanger the fundamental principles of pluralistic democracy, and instead to ensure that the DTP and other political parties are permitted to participate in democratic activities and parliamentary procedures so that the political and cultural rights of the Kurdish people in Turkey and their social and economic development are not impeded by the state but are supported and encouraged; and notes that political and democratic conditions are created that will end the armed conflict and resolve the Kurdish question through peace, negotiation and dialogue.

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 18 March 2009
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 13 March 2009
Worthing West
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 October 2009
Carshalton and Wallington
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2009
Islington North
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 14 January 2009
Keighley
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 14 January 2009
Hendon
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2009
Sunderland North
Harris, Dr Evan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 January 2009
Oxford West and Abingdon
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 January 2009
North Devon
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 January 2009
Birmingham, Yardley
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2009
Luton North
Howarth, David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 March 2009
Cambridge
Hughes, Simon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 July 2009
North Southwark and Bermondsey
Huhne, Chris
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 January 2009
Eastleigh
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2009
Barnsley Central
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2009
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 January 2009
Manchester, Withington
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 19 March 2009
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2009
Hayes and Harlington
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 January 2009
Colchester
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2009
Nottingham South
Swinson, Jo
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 February 2009
East Dunbartonshire
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 19 January 2009
Finchley and Golders Green
Williams, Mr Roger
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 February 2009
Brecon and Radnorshire
Willott, Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 January 2009
Cardiff Central
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 4 February 2009
Batley and Spen
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 February 2009
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.