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DISQUALIFICATION OF HON. MEMBERS UNDER SECTION 141 OF THE MENTAL HEALTH ACT

EDM (Early Day Motion) 608: tabled on 13 January 2010

Tabled in the 2009-10 session.

This motion has been signed by 51 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 notes that, under section 141 of the Mental Health Act 1983 an hon. Member is automatically disqualified from office if detained under the Act for six months regardless of the prospects of recovery, but that there are no similar provisions for physical illnesses, however debilitating; further notes the evidence in the July 2008 Report of the All-Party Group on Mental Health and Mental Health in Parliament, showing the impact of the stigma associated with mental illness on the willingness of hon. Members to disclose any experience of mental ill-health; believes Parliament should take a lead in combating such stigma and that it is time to abolish the discriminatory message at the heart of British democracy, as recommended by the Speaker's Conference on Parliamentary Representation; and calls on the Government to bring forward an amendment to the Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill to repeal section 141 of the Act.

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, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2010
Blaydon
Battle, John
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2010
Leeds West
Burt, Lorely
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 January 2010
Solihull
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 20 January 2010
Blyth Valley
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 14 January 2010
Gower
Clark, Ms Katy
Labour
Signed on 20 January 2010
North Ayrshire and Arran
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 19 January 2010
Islington North
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 18 January 2010
Keighley
Davies, Dai
Independent
Signed on 21 January 2010
Blaenau Gwent
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 19 January 2010
Burton
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 20 January 2010
Heywood and Middleton
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 20 January 2010
Foyle
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 25 January 2010
Sunderland North
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2010
Walthamstow
Gidley, Sandra
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 January 2010
Romsey
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 January 2010
Portsmouth South
Heald, Mr Oliver
Conservative
Signed on 22 February 2010
North East Hertfordshire
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 January 2010
Birmingham, Yardley
Hepburn, Mr Stephen
Labour
Signed on 18 January 2010
Jarrow
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 January 2010
Chesterfield
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 18 January 2010
Luton North
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 18 January 2010
Chorley
Hunter, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 January 2010
Cheadle
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 14 January 2010
Bolton South East
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 27 January 2010
Barnsley Central
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 18 January 2010
Hampstead and Highgate
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 14 January 2010
Tamworth
Laing, Mrs Eleanor
Conservative
Signed on 22 March 2010
Epping Forest
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 January 2010
Manchester, Withington
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 21 January 2010
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
McCafferty, Chris
Labour
Signed on 18 January 2010
Calder Valley
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 18 January 2010
Hayes and Harlington
Mundell, David
Conservative
Signed on 16 March 2010
Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale
Pelling, Mr Andrew
Independent
Signed on 20 January 2010
Croydon Central
Penning, Mike
Conservative
Signed on 2 March 2010
Hemel Hempstead
Pope, Mr Greg
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2010
Hyndburn
Sharma, Virendra
Labour
Signed on 20 January 2010
Ealing, Southall
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 19 January 2010
Nottingham South
Stunell, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 January 2010
Hazel Grove
Swire, Mr Hugo
Conservative
Signed on 6 April 2010
East Devon
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 21 January 2010
Finchley and Golders Green
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 18 January 2010
Conwy
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 January 2010
Harrogate and Knaresborough
Wyatt, Derek
Labour
Signed on 18 January 2010
Sittingbourne and Sheppey
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 February 2010
Teignbridge

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.