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MUIRFIELD GOLF CLUB DECISION TO EXCLUDE WOMEN MEMBERS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 36: tabled on 19 May 2016

Tabled in the 2016-17 session.

This motion has been signed by 52 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 condemns the decision by the all-male Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, Muirfield Golf Club, to vote to continue to exclude women from full membership; notes that while a majority of members did support a change to the club’s rules, regrettably a small minority were able to block the two-thirds vote required to admit female members; further notes that as a result of this retrograde step, the sport’s governing body, the R&A at St Andrews, has said that Muirfield will no longer be eligible to host the Open Championship; further condemns this decision for sending entirely the wrong message to the rest of the world regarding Scottish society, as well as undermining years of collective effort and public support to attract visitors to Scotland’s historic golf coast in East Lothian; condemns the decision for signalling to women that their interest in golf is being discouraged, while it sends a very wrong message to young men about treating women as equals; calls on the club to continue internal discussions and hold a second ballot to allow full membership to everyone regardless of sex; and calls on the Sports Ministers of the UK and devolved administrations to boycott future events held at Muirfield until this happens.

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.

Ahmed-Sheikh, Ms Tasmina
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 June 2016
Ochil and South Perthshire
Arkless, Richard
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 May 2016
Dumfries and Galloway
Barron, Kevin
Labour
Signed on 24 May 2016
Rother Valley
Black, Mhairi
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 May 2016
Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Blackford, Ian
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 May 2016
Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 May 2016
Edinburgh North and Leith
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 May 2016
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Chapman, Douglas
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 May 2016
Dunfermline and West Fife
Cherry, Joanna
Scottish National Party
Signed on 25 May 2016
Edinburgh South West
Cowan, Ronnie
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 May 2016
Inverclyde
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 May 2016
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Docherty-Hughes, Martin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 May 2016
West Dunbartonshire
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 25 May 2016
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Evans, Chris
Labour
Signed on 24 May 2016
Islwyn
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 25 May 2016
Motherwell and Wishaw
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 24 May 2016
Newport West
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 8 June 2016
Birmingham, Hall Green
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 May 2016
Glasgow North
Grant, Peter
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 May 2016
Glenrothes
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 May 2016
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 May 2016
Dundee West
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 May 2016
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Mann, John
Labour
Signed on 24 May 2016
Bassetlaw
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 May 2016
Glasgow South
McDonald, Stuart C.
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 May 2016
Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
McGarry, Natalie
Independent
Signed on 23 May 2016
Glasgow East
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 May 2016
Falkirk
Meale, Sir Alan
Labour
Signed on 23 May 2016
Mansfield
Monaghan, Dr Paul
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 May 2016
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Mullin, Roger
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 May 2016
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 May 2016
East Dunbartonshire
O'Hara, Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 May 2016
Argyll and Bute
Oswald, Kirsten
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 May 2016
East Renfrewshire
Paterson, Steven
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 June 2016
Stirling
Robinson, Mr Geoffrey
Labour
Signed on 23 May 2016
Coventry North West
Rotheram, Steve
Labour
Signed on 26 May 2016
Liverpool, Walton
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 23 May 2016
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 May 2016
Edinburgh East
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 May 2016
Glasgow South West
Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 May 2016
Midlothian
Thomson, Michelle
Independent
Signed on 24 May 2016
Edinburgh West
Vaz, Valerie
Labour
Signed on 5 September 2016
Walsall South
Weir, Mike
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 May 2016
Angus
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 26 May 2016
Arfon
Wilson, Corri
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 May 2016
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Wishart, Pete
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 May 2016
Perth and North Perthshire

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.