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EDM (Early Day Motion) 1239: tabled on 01 April 2014

Tabled in the 2013-14 session.

This motion has been signed by 1 Member. 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 a group of parents, in conjunction with the association of McKenzie Friends, went from the UK to petition the European Parliament on 19 March 2014 about miscarriages of justice in the family courts in England and Wales; further notes that this included José and Carla Pedro, a Portuguese family living in Grantham, who were arrested on return; further notes that they saw this as an action to punish them for petitioning the European Parliament; further notes that a second petitioner Emyr Wyn Jones was prevented from having contact with his children because Carmarthenshire Council deliberately arranged a meeting to discuss contact at a time that they knew conflicted with his attendance at the European Parliament and had previously punished him by curtailing contact when he told his children he was going to the European Parliament; further notes that Article 5 of the 1688 Bill of Rights confirms the right of petition; and recognises that this should be read through to the European Parliament and is concerned that authorities in the UK appear to be taking actions to prevent people from complaining about the way the authorities are acting.

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.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.