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PROTECTION OF WHISTLEBLOWERS MAKING PUBLIC INTEREST DISCLOSURES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1002: tabled on 01 March 2017

Tabled in the 2016-17 session.

This motion has been signed by 30 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 by the provisional recommendations in the Law Commission's review of the Official Secrets Act and other legislation; notes the ability of whistleblowers to make disclosures in the public interest is vital for democracy, press freedom and the well-being of the public; is shocked by the proposal to extend the maximum criminal sentence for unlawful disclosures from two years to 14 years, and to make unlawful the mere acquisition and possession of confidential material; invites the Law Commission fully to consult with relevant bodies, and especially to consult the National Union of Journalists over a matter which will inevitably impact on legitimate media investigations and public interest journalism; welcomes the fact that the Government has put on record that it does not want to curtail freedom of speech or the legal rights of whistleblowers to make protected disclosures and has brought forward amendments to the Digital Economy Bill in this respect; and calls on the Government to rule out any such interference with essential liberties and freedoms including draconian jail sentences for journalists.

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.

Bardell, Hannah
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 March 2017
Livingston
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 March 2017
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Crausby, Sir David
Labour
Signed on 13 March 2017
Bolton North East
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2017
Coventry South
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 13 March 2017
Birmingham, Hall Green
Hayes, Helen
Labour
Signed on 15 March 2017
Dulwich and West Norwood
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 March 2017
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2017
Luton North
Kerevan, George
Scottish National Party
Signed on 2 March 2017
East Lothian
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 March 2017
Dundee West
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 March 2017
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Maskell, Rachael
Labour
Signed on 30 March 2017
York Central
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
Signed on 2 March 2017
Glasgow South
McGarry, Natalie
Independent
Signed on 6 March 2017
Glasgow East
McLaughlin, Anne
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 March 2017
Glasgow North East
Meale, Sir Alan
Labour
Signed on 6 March 2017
Mansfield
Newlands, Gavin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 March 2017
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 March 2017
East Dunbartonshire
Ritchie, Ms Margaret
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 6 March 2017
South Down
Salmond, Alex
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 March 2017
Gordon
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 6 March 2017
Strangford
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 2 March 2017
Glasgow South West
Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 13 March 2017
Midlothian
Wilson, Corri
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 March 2017
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.