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LIBEL REFORM

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1636: tabled on 21 March 2011

Tabled in the 2010-12 session.

This motion has been signed by 77 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 welcomes the publication of the draft Defamation Bill as an essential step towards the necessary and urgent reform of the UK's outdated and unbalanced libel laws; notes that libel reform is a manifesto commitment from all three major parties, and was included in the Coalition programme; recognises that English libel law must allow individual citizens to be able to sue for libel when they have been the victim of false, irresponsible and damaging publications; further welcomes the inclusion of a new public interest defence in the draft Bill which should protect investigative journalism; believes this public interest defence should be strengthened to protect the citizen critic; further welcomes proposals in the Bill to raise the threshold of harm before action can be taken, to create statutory defences of truth and honest opinion, to introduce a single publication rule for the internet, and to reduce libel tourism; further believes that effective libel reform can only be delivered, and the chilling or censorious impact of bullying behaviour reduced, if companies and corporations are restricted to the use of malicious falsehood actions and if internet service providers and non-editorial web-hosts are only liable consequent to a specific order of a court, and welcomes the consultation on both these issues; applauds the efforts of the Libel Reform Campaign and hon. Members from all sides of the House in support of free expression; and looks forward to the draft Bill being strengthened as it goes through the scrutiny process.

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.

Abrahams, Debbie
Labour
Signed on 24 May 2011
Oldham East and Saddleworth
Allen, Mr Graham
Labour
Signed on 5 April 2011
Nottingham North
Bacon, Mr Richard
Conservative
Signed on 24 March 2011
South Norfolk
Barron, Mr Kevin
Labour
Signed on 24 March 2011
Rother Valley
Bayley, Hugh
Labour
Signed on 12 May 2011
York Central
Begg, Dame Anne
Labour
Signed on 30 March 2011
Aberdeen South
Blenkinsop, Tom
Labour
Signed on 11 May 2011
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
Blomfield, Paul
Labour
Signed on 9 September 2011
Sheffield Central
Brady, Mr Graham
Conservative
Signed on 5 May 2011
Altrincham and Sale West
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 31 March 2011
Carshalton and Wallington
Bruce, Fiona
Conservative
Signed on 26 April 2011
Congleton
Burt, Lorely
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 May 2011
Solihull
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 23 March 2011
Blyth Valley
Caton, Martin
Labour
Signed on 22 March 2011
Gower
Clark, Katy
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2011
North Ayrshire and Arran
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 5 September 2011
West Lancashire
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 22 March 2011
Islington North
Creasy, Stella
Labour
Signed on 19 July 2011
Walthamstow
Cryer, John
Labour
Signed on 30 March 2011
Leyton and Wanstead
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 12 May 2011
Coventry South
Davies, Philip
Conservative
Signed on 24 March 2011
Shipley
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 24 March 2011
Foyle
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 24 March 2011
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Engel, Natascha
Labour
Signed on 5 April 2011
North East Derbyshire
Esterson, Bill
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2012
Sefton Central
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 March 2011
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 28 March 2011
Newport West
Foster, Mr Don
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 April 2011
Bath
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 March 2011
St Ives
Gilbert, Stephen
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 April 2011
St Austell and Newquay
Gilmore, Sheila
Labour
Signed on 31 March 2011
Edinburgh East
Glindon, Mrs Mary
Labour
Signed on 4 April 2011
North Tyneside
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 11 May 2011
Birmingham, Hall Green
Halfon, Robert
Conservative
Signed on 22 March 2011
Harlow
Hames, Duncan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 April 2011
Chippenham
Hamilton, Fabian
Labour
Signed on 26 April 2011
Leeds North East
Harris, Mr Tom
Labour
Signed on 26 April 2011
Glasgow South
Hepburn, Mr Stephen
Labour
Signed on 28 March 2011
Jarrow
Heyes, David
Labour
Signed on 28 March 2011
Ashton-under-Lyne
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 30 March 2011
Luton North
Horwood, Martin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 April 2011
Cheltenham
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 24 March 2011
Hampstead and Kilburn
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 March 2011
Manchester, Withington
Leigh, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 4 May 2011
Gainsborough
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 10 June 2011
Manchester Central
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 31 March 2011
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Long, Naomi
Alliance
Signed on 14 December 2011
Belfast East
Mann, John
Labour
Signed on 4 April 2011
Bassetlaw
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 23 March 2011
Hayes and Harlington
Morrice, Graeme
Labour
Signed on 3 May 2011
Livingston
Mudie, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 14 July 2011
Leeds East
Mulholland, Greg
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 May 2011
Leeds North West
Osborne, Sandra
Labour
Signed on 29 March 2011
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Qureshi, Yasmin
Labour
Signed on 19 May 2011
Bolton South East
Riordan, Mrs Linda
Labour
Signed on 11 May 2011
Halifax
Rogerson, Dan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 May 2011
North Cornwall
Ruddock, Joan
Labour
Signed on 26 April 2011
Lewisham, Deptford
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 March 2011
Colchester
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 April 2011
Torbay
Sarwar, Anas
Labour
Signed on 26 April 2011
Glasgow Central
Sheridan, Jim
Labour
Signed on 17 May 2011
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Streeter, Mr Gary
Conservative
Signed on 30 March 2011
South West Devon
Stringer, Graham
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2012
Blackley and Broughton
Swales, Ian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 April 2011
Redcar
Vaz, Keith
Labour
Signed on 29 March 2011
Leicester East
Walker, Mr Robin
Conservative
Signed on 12 May 2011
Worcester
Walley, Joan
Labour
Signed on 23 November 2011
Stoke-on-Trent North
Whittingdale, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 27 April 2011
Maldon
Williams, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 April 2011
Ceredigion
Williams, Roger
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 May 2011
Brecon and Radnorshire
Williams, Stephen
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 March 2011
Bristol West

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.