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ELECTORAL REFORM SOCIETY CONFLICT OF INTEREST WITH YES TO AV

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1550: tabled on 08 March 2011

Tabled in the 2010-12 session.

This motion has been signed by 35 Members. It has received 1 amendment.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

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Motion text

That this House notes with deep concern the potential conflict of interest that the Alternative Vote `Yes' campaign may be facing due to its links with and majority of funding from the Electoral Reform Society, an organisation that lacks accountability and transparency; notes that should the people of Britain vote for the AV system, the Electoral Reform Society stand to benefit from a potential bonanza in lucrative contracts to supply the running of the new system including through providing the new costly counting machines, given that the business arm of the Electoral Reform Society styles itself as the specialist balloting and related services wing of the Electoral Reform Society and has earned more than 250,000 over the last year alone in government contracts; and urges the Government to stop its departments spending money with the Electoral Reform Society as a matter of urgency until this conflict of interest can be clarified.

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.

Betts, Mr Clive
Labour
Signed on 10 March 2011
Sheffield South East
Cryer, John
Labour
Signed on 30 March 2011
Leyton and Wanstead
Donaldson, Mr Jeffrey M.
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 9 March 2011
Lagan Valley
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 10 March 2011
Luton North
Howarth, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 14 March 2011
Knowsley
Jones, Mr Marcus
Conservative
Signed on 10 March 2011
Nuneaton
Kirby, Simon
Conservative
Signed on 14 March 2011
Brighton, Kemptown
Knight, Mr Greg
Conservative
Signed on 9 March 2011
East Yorkshire
Laing, Mrs Eleanor
Conservative
Signed on 14 March 2011
Epping Forest
Leslie, Charlotte
Conservative
Signed on 10 March 2011
Bristol North West
Lopresti, Jack
Conservative
Signed on 10 March 2011
Filton and Bradley Stoke
Main, Mrs Anne
Conservative
Signed on 29 March 2011
St Albans
McCartney, Karl
Conservative
Signed on 10 March 2011
Lincoln
McCrea, Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 15 March 2011
South Antrim
McDonagh, Siobhain
Labour
Signed on 10 March 2011
Mitcham and Morden
McGovern, Jim
Labour
Signed on 21 March 2011
Dundee West
Mordaunt, Penny
Conservative
Signed on 15 March 2011
Portsmouth North
Morrice, Graeme
Labour
Signed on 9 March 2011
Livingston
Morris, Grahame M.
Labour
Signed on 9 March 2011
Easington
Ottaway, Richard
Conservative
Signed on 10 March 2011
Croydon South
Rosindell, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 14 March 2011
Romford
Rotheram, Steve
Labour
Signed on 16 March 2011
Liverpool, Walton
Roy, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 10 March 2011
Motherwell and Wishaw
Sheridan, Jim
Labour
Signed on 9 March 2011
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 10 March 2011
Bolsover
Stringer, Graham
Labour
Signed on 14 March 2011
Blackley and Broughton
Vaz, Valerie
Labour
Signed on 10 March 2011
Walsall South
Walker, Mr Robin
Conservative
Signed on 9 March 2011
Worcester
Watts, Mr Dave
Labour
Signed on 14 March 2011
St Helens North

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.

After a motion has been tabled, other Members can table amendments to it. Amendments to this motion are shown below.

ELECTORAL REFORM SOCIETY CONFLICT OF INTEREST WITH YES TO AV (Amendment 1)
leave out from `notes' to end and add `that the Electoral Reform Society has been in existence for 127 years and has been committed to electoral reform for all of this time; is therefore not surprised that it will continue to campaign for electoral reform in the forthcoming AV referendum; expresses great concern that the No2AV campaign is engaging in personal attacks on people and organisations that support a fairer electoral system; deplores the fact the No2AV campaign is using estimated cost figures that have been expressly denied by HM Treasury in an effort to mislead the public; and calls on the No2AV campaign to engage in honest debate rather than dirty tactics.'.
Liberal Democrat, Cambridge
22
signatures
EDM 1550A1: tabled on 9 March 2011