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RELOCATION CASES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 373: tabled on 07 December 2009

Tabled in the 2009-10 session.

This motion has been signed by 59 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 believes that a child's relationship with its parents requires greater legislative protection with regard to the Family Court's current application of precedent in international and national relocation cases; further believes that the Family Courts of England and Wales' position on the importance of the father/child relationship does not reflect the current authoritative research on the importance of father involvement in educational and psychological development in relocation cases; further believes that the courts in practice place too great an emphasis on the unsubstantiated emotional risk to the child from the mother's possible distress and disappointment if not allowed to relocate; considers that this emphasis over-rides all other considerations including the needs and rights of the child; and calls on the Government to respond positively to the research report by the charity Reunite, entitled Relocation, funded by the Ministry of Justice and published in July 2009.

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.

Anderson, Janet
Labour
Signed on 12 January 2010
Rossendale and Darwen
Atkinson, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 16 December 2009
Hexham
Bacon, Mr Richard
Conservative
Signed on 1 February 2010
South Norfolk
Brady, Mr Graham
Conservative
Signed on 5 January 2010
Altrincham and Sale West
Browne, Mr Jeremy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 February 2010
Taunton
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2010
Gower
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 20 January 2010
Burton
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 16 December 2009
Belfast North
Dowd, Jim
Labour
Signed on 30 March 2010
Lewisham West
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 19 January 2010
Sunderland North
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 January 2010
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Featherstone, Lynne
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 February 2010
Hornsey and Wood Green
Field, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 6 January 2010
Birkenhead
Francis, Dr Hywel
Labour
Signed on 9 March 2010
Aberavon
Grogan, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 25 January 2010
Selby
Gummer, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 5 January 2010
Suffolk Coastal
Hall, Patrick
Labour
Signed on 5 January 2010
Bedford
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 December 2009
North Devon
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 December 2009
Birmingham, Yardley
Hoey, Kate
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2010
Vauxhall
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 January 2010
Chesterfield
Horam, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 25 February 2010
Orpington
Howarth, David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 March 2010
Cambridge
Howells, Dr Kim
Labour
Signed on 20 January 2010
Pontypridd
Huhne, Chris
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 January 2010
Eastleigh
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 11 January 2010
Bolton South East
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 10 December 2009
Tamworth
Jones, Mr Martyn
Labour
Signed on 11 January 2010
Clwyd South
Kilfoyle, Mr Peter
Labour
Signed on 27 January 2010
Liverpool, Walton
Kirkbride, Julie
Conservative
Signed on 5 January 2010
Bromsgrove
Knight, Mr Greg
Conservative
Signed on 2 February 2010
East Yorkshire
Main, Anne
Conservative
Signed on 17 March 2010
St Albans
Mates, Mr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 12 January 2010
East Hampshire
Mercer, Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 22 March 2010
Newark
Murphy, Mr Paul
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2010
Torfaen
Oaten, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 March 2010
Winchester
Ottaway, Richard
Conservative
Signed on 5 January 2010
Croydon South
Pelling, Mr Andrew
Independent
Signed on 7 January 2010
Croydon Central
Reid, Mr Alan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 January 2010
Argyll and Bute
Rooney, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 11 January 2010
Bradford North
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 March 2010
Torbay
Shepherd, Mr Richard
Conservative
Signed on 18 January 2010
Aldridge-Brownhills
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 7 January 2010
Nottingham South
Stoate, Dr Howard
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2010
Dartford
Stuart, Mr Graham
Conservative
Signed on 5 January 2010
Beverley and Holderness
Syms, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 15 December 2009
Poole
Taylor, Mr Ian
Conservative
Signed on 5 January 2010
Esher and Walton
Taylor, Dr Richard
Independent
Signed on 7 January 2010
Wyre Forest
Widdecombe, Miss Ann
Conservative
Signed on 5 January 2010
Maidstone and The Weald
Williams, Stephen
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 February 2010
Bristol West
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 December 2009
Harrogate and Knaresborough
Willott, Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 January 2010
Cardiff Central

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.