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FORCED CHILD ADOPTION

EDM (Early Day Motion) 301: tabled on 01 September 2014

Tabled in the 2014-15 session.

This motion has been signed by 34 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 recognises the suffering that forced child adoptions during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s caused, which took place owing to social pressures on women who had children outside marriage; notes the unacceptable adoption and care practices of the past, such as not giving information about welfare services including housing and financial help which were available at the time, and not questioning whether women putting their children up for adoption had given informed consent; further recognises the negligence of previous governments, with regard to ensuring that the care provided for unmarried mothers was appropriate and that they and their children were not mistreated or discriminated against, resulting in many women suffering traumatising pre and post-natal experiences and children being denied contact with their birth parents; further notes that the Australian Prime Minister has in 2014 apologised to the victims of forced adoptions in Australia; and therefore calls on the Government to apologise in order to go some way towards helping the parents and children who were victims of these practices.

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.

Brooke, Annette
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 September 2014
Mid Dorset and North Poole
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 13 January 2015
East Londonderry
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 3 September 2014
Blyth Valley
Caton, Martin
Labour
Signed on 3 September 2014
Gower
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 10 September 2014
Islington North
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 21 October 2014
Bolton North East
Donaldson, Mr Jeffrey M.
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 10 September 2014
Lagan Valley
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 12 September 2014
Newport West
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 September 2014
St Ives
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2014
Birmingham, Hall Green
Hancock, Mr Mike
Independent
Signed on 3 September 2014
Portsmouth South
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 2 September 2014
Luton North
Horwood, Martin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 January 2015
Cheltenham
Hunter, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 October 2014
Cheadle
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 9 September 2014
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Long, Naomi
Alliance
Signed on 13 October 2014
Belfast East
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 12 September 2014
Brighton, Pavilion
McCrea, Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 3 September 2014
South Antrim
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 3 September 2014
Belfast South
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 12 September 2014
Hayes and Harlington
Paisley, Ian
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 14 October 2014
North Antrim
Qureshi, Yasmin
Labour
Signed on 13 October 2014
Bolton South East
Ritchie, Ms Margaret
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 2 September 2014
South Down
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
Signed on 3 September 2014
Ealing, Southall
Vaz, Valerie
Labour
Signed on 12 September 2014
Walsall South
Ward, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 September 2014
Bradford East
Williams, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 September 2014
Ceredigion

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.