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SAFEGUARDING JOURNALISTS AND THEIR SOURCES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 352: tabled on 14 October 2014

Tabled in the 2014-15 session.

This motion has been signed by 40 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 gravely concerned about recent reports that police forces have used powers contained in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) to access journalists' sources and materials; notes that unlike requests made under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 there is no public record of these requests or their frequency, extent or even the existence of these applications, and there is no judicial oversight or independent process to grant permission to use these powers; further notes and welcomes the Interception of Communications Commissioner's new inquiry that will be asking all chief constables how many applications under RIPA have been granted since 2000 to access journalists' communications, and calls on these findings to be made public; shares the view of Gavin Millar QC that the use of such powers contravenes Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights on freedom of expression that enshrine the rights of journalists and news organisations; shares the concern of the National Union of Journalists and other press freedom and privacy campaigners that this constitutes an attack on the press which will make whistleblowers reluctant to speak to journalists and also make it more difficult to report in the public interest; and therefore calls on the Government to take urgent steps to legislate to ensure there are protections for professions whose communications must be subject to strict confidentiality.

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.

Anderson, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 20 October 2014
Blaydon
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 15 October 2014
Worthing West
Caton, Martin
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2014
Gower
Champion, Sarah
Labour
Signed on 17 November 2014
Rotherham
Clark, Katy
Labour
Signed on 27 October 2014
North Ayrshire and Arran
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 16 October 2014
Islington North
Crouch, Tracey
Conservative
Signed on 15 October 2014
Chatham and Aylesford
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 22 October 2014
Coventry South
Dobson, Frank
Labour
Signed on 5 January 2015
Holborn and St Pancras
Doran, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 23 October 2014
Aberdeen North
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 15 October 2014
Foyle
Evans, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 16 October 2014
Ribble Valley
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 24 October 2014
Newport West
Glindon, Mrs Mary
Labour
Signed on 16 October 2014
North Tyneside
Hancock, Mr Mike
Independent
Signed on 15 October 2014
Portsmouth South
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 October 2014
Birmingham, Yardley
Hepburn, Mr Stephen
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2015
Jarrow
Heyes, David
Labour
Signed on 23 October 2014
Ashton-under-Lyne
Hoey, Kate
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2014
Vauxhall
Hood, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 21 October 2014
Lanark and Hamilton East
Huppert, Dr Julian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 October 2014
Cambridge
Kennedy, Mr Charles
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 November 2014
Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 30 October 2014
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Long, Naomi
Alliance
Signed on 30 October 2014
Belfast East
Meale, Sir Alan
Labour
Signed on 21 October 2014
Mansfield
Morris, Grahame M.
Labour
Signed on 16 October 2014
Easington
Pugh, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 October 2014
Southport
Rotheram, Steve
Labour
Signed on 16 October 2014
Liverpool, Walton
Roy, Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 25 November 2014
Glenrothes
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
Signed on 27 October 2014
Ealing, Southall
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 21 October 2014
Bolsover
Vaz, Keith
Labour
Signed on 28 October 2014
Leicester East
Vaz, Valerie
Labour
Signed on 4 November 2014
Walsall South
Ward, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 October 2014
Bradford East

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.