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FUNDING OF THE EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

EDM (Early Day Motion) 163: tabled on 11 June 2012

Tabled in the 2012-13 session.

This motion has been signed by 53 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 is deeply concerned that the Government is ignoring the result of its own consultation on the future of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the majority of respondents who urged against cutting the funding and remit of the body; notes that the 62 per cent budget cut and 72 per cent staff cut on levels in 2007 will result in the loss of vital services and functions including regional offices; further notes that the Bristol and Nottingham offices closed over a year ago, and that further offices planned for closure are Birmingham, Newcastle, Bangor, Guildford, Cambridge and Leeds, and that offices in Manchester, London, Glasgow and Cardiff will be reduced; regrets the closure of the directhelpline with conciliation and legal assistance powers which will be privatised in September 2012 and replaced with a referral line and no provision in Scotland or Wales as there is now; further regrets the end of the grants function to charities or projects that are often the first port of call for victims of discrimination and harassment; warns that the Commission's UN A status is in real jeopardy due to a loss of independence following the new Framework Agreement; regards as contrary and dangerous the decision to repeal crucial sections of the Equality Act 2006 that were secured with cross-party support in this House; and urges the Government urgently to rethink these cuts and commit to maintaining the funding and remit of the body, especially at a time of growing inequality.

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.

Ainsworth, Mr Bob
Labour
Signed on 17 October 2012
Coventry North East
Anderson, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 11 June 2012
Blaydon
Begg, Dame Anne
Labour
Signed on 11 June 2012
Aberdeen South
Blomfield, Paul
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2012
Sheffield Central
Burden, Richard
Labour
Signed on 11 June 2012
Birmingham, Northfield
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 13 June 2012
Blyth Valley
Caton, Martin
Labour
Signed on 11 June 2012
Gower
Clark, Katy
Labour
Signed on 11 June 2012
North Ayrshire and Arran
Clarke, Mr Tom
Labour
Signed on 11 June 2012
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Connarty, Michael
Labour
Signed on 18 June 2012
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 12 June 2012
Islington North
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2012
Bolton North East
Cunningham, Alex
Labour
Signed on 11 June 2012
Stockton North
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 10 July 2012
Heywood and Middleton
Dobson, Frank
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2012
Holborn and St Pancras
Doran, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 25 June 2012
Aberdeen North
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 11 June 2012
Foyle
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 12 June 2012
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 20 June 2012
Newport West
Galloway, Mr George
Respect
Signed on 25 June 2012
Bradford West
Glindon, Mrs Mary
Labour
Signed on 14 June 2012
North Tyneside
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 18 June 2012
Birmingham, Hall Green
Goodman, Helen
Labour
Signed on 3 September 2012
Bishop Auckland
Havard, Mr Dai
Labour
Signed on 11 June 2012
Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 11 June 2012
Luton North
Hosie, Stewart
Scottish National Party
Signed on 13 June 2012
Dundee East
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 12 June 2012
Hampstead and Kilburn
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 19 June 2012
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 26 June 2012
Brighton, Pavilion
MacNeil, Mr Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 13 June 2012
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 11 September 2012
Belfast South
McGovern, Jim
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2012
Dundee West
Meale, Sir Alan
Labour
Signed on 12 June 2012
Mansfield
Mitchell, Austin
Labour
Signed on 14 June 2012
Great Grimsby
Qureshi, Yasmin
Labour
Signed on 11 June 2012
Bolton South East
Ritchie, Ms Margaret
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 12 June 2012
South Down
Robertson, Angus
Scottish National Party
Signed on 13 June 2012
Moray
Roy, Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 20 June 2012
Glenrothes
Ruddock, Dame Joan
Labour
Signed on 14 June 2012
Lewisham, Deptford
Sheerman, Mr Barry
Labour
Signed on 20 June 2012
Huddersfield
Sheridan, Jim
Labour
Signed on 11 June 2012
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Vaz, Valerie
Labour
Signed on 20 June 2012
Walsall South
Walley, Joan
Labour
Signed on 11 June 2012
Stoke-on-Trent North
Whiteford, Dr Eilidh
Scottish National Party
Signed on 13 June 2012
Banff and Buchan
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 27 June 2012
Arfon

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.