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VISAS FOR FESTIVAL PERFORMERS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1902: tabled on 04 December 2018

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 31 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House recognises the reports from UK festival organisers of increasingly onerous bureaucratic burdens, delays and refusals of visit visas for international artists invited to attend their events, including the world leading festivals in Edinburgh; expresses concern that frustrations with the process, coupled with increasing perceptions of the UK as being a hostile destination, will disrupt programmes and deter performers from appearing here, damaging the competitiveness of the UK’s creative sector and impacting on the ability of festivals to remain open and welcoming platforms for global exchange and debate, at a time when this is urgently needed; notes with deep concern that the difficulties may be compounded by Brexit if performers from the EEA become subject to the same flawed system; further notes the immense economic, social and cultural value of the UK’s creative scene; and urges the Government to streamline and simplify the process for all visiting artists to ensure our festivals can continue to thrive.

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.

Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 5 December 2018
Motherwell and Wishaw
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 6 December 2018
Coventry South
Gibson, Patricia
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 December 2018
North Ayrshire and Arran
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 10 December 2018
Worthing West
Robinson, Gavin
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 10 December 2018
Belfast East
Moran, Layla
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 December 2018
Oxford West and Abingdon
Linden, David
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 December 2018
Glasgow East
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 December 2018
Dundee West
Stone, Jamie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 December 2018
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 12 December 2018
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Blackman, Kirsty
Scottish National Party
Signed on 13 December 2018
Aberdeen North
Bardell, Hannah
Scottish National Party
Signed on 13 December 2018
Livingston
Crawley, Angela
Scottish National Party
Signed on 13 December 2018
Lanark and Hamilton East
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 13 December 2018
Glasgow Central
Docherty-Hughes, Martin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 13 December 2018
West Dunbartonshire
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
Signed on 13 December 2018
Glasgow South
Wishart, Pete
Scottish National Party
Signed on 13 December 2018
Perth and North Perthshire
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 13 December 2018
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 13 December 2018
Falkirk
Russell-Moyle, Lloyd
Labour
Signed on 14 December 2018
Brighton, Kemptown
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 December 2018
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 20 December 2018
Brighton, Pavilion
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 January 2019
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
George, Ruth
Labour
Signed on 26 February 2019
High Peak
Murray, Ian
Labour
Signed on 15 March 2019
Edinburgh South

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.