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EDM (Early Day Motion) 84: tabled on 17 May 2012

Tabled in the 2012-13 session.

This motion has been signed by 23 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 the Women's Library at London Metropolitan University is facing closure as a result of Government cuts; further notes that the Women's Library houses a historical archive recognised by historians as unique; further notes that the collection includes a prized first edition of Mary Wollstonecraft's 1792 publication, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman; recognises that the Library was renamed the Fawcett Library in honour of suffrage leader Millicent Fawcett; is concerned that unless the Library finds an extra 1 million a year and funding for a new home for the collection by December 2012, opening times will be reduced from five days a week to one day a week; further notes that over 8,000 people have signed an online petition to the Secretary of State for Education; encourages people to sign this petition and help to secure the Library's future; and calls on the Government to reinstate funding for the Women's Library.

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.

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support.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.