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MRS STELLA RIMINGTON AND THE MINERS' UNION

EDM (Early Day Motion) 2352: tabled on 20 July 1993

Tabled in the 1992-93 session.

This motion has been signed by 34 Members. It has received 2 amendments.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

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Motion text

That this House, noting recent publicity about Stella Rimington, Director General of the Security Service, recalls her central role in operations against the miners during and after the coal strike of 1984-85, in particular, her deployment of agents provocateurs within the National Union of Mineworkers, including Roger Windsor, Chief Executive Officer of the NUM 1983 to 1989, an agent of MI5 under Mrs Rimington, sent in to the NUM to destabilise and sabotage the Union at its most critical juncture; notes that in 1984 he made contact with Libyan Officials through Altaf Abasi and staged a televised meeting with Colonel Gaddafi, causing immense damage to the striking miners; that Windsor's actions led to serious and expensive internal disputes, notably a ú100,000 libel damages settlement as a result of a letter Windsor forged in the name of David Prendergast of the U.D.M.; further notes that in March 1990, under Stella Rimington's guidance, Windsor was the sole witness, paid ú80,000 for his testimony by Robert Maxwell, behind allegations of corruption against the NUM leadership, published in the Daily Mirror, later proved to be entirely untrue; and considers that notwithstanding recent cosmetic changes to its image, the Security Service, including Mrs Rimington, has been responsible for the subversion of democratic liberties in Britain and should be brought to account.

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.

Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 21 July 1993
Stockton North
Corston, Jean
Labour
Signed on 23 July 1993
Bristol East
Cryer, Bob
Labour
Signed on 22 July 1993
Bradford South
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 21 July 1993
Easington
Cunliffe, Mr Lawrence
Labour
Signed on 22 July 1993
Leigh
Dalyell, Tam
Labour
Signed on 20 July 1993
Linlithgow
Davidson, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 22 July 1993
Glasgow, Govan
Dunnachie, Jimmy
Labour
Signed on 21 July 1993
Glasgow, Pollok
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 27 July 1993
Sunderland North
Graham, Mr Tommy
Labour
Signed on 21 July 1993
Renfrew West and Inverclyde
Hood, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 20 July 1993
Clydesdale
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 22 July 1993
Barnsley Central
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 21 July 1993
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Lewis, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 22 July 1993
Worsley
Litherland, Robert
Labour
Signed on 20 July 1993
Manchester Central
Livingstone, Mr Ken
Labour
Signed on 21 July 1993
Brent East
Loyden, Eddie
Labour
Signed on 22 July 1993
Liverpool, Garston
Mahon, Alice
Labour
Signed on 22 July 1993
Halifax
McAllion, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 27 July 1993
Dundee East
McKelvey, William
Labour
Signed on 27 July 1993
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Michie, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 21 July 1993
Sheffield, Heeley
Patchett, Terry
Labour
Signed on 21 July 1993
Barnsley East
Rooney, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 22 July 1993
Bradford North
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 27 July 1993
Nottingham South
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 20 July 1993
Bolsover
Thompson, Jack
Labour
Signed on 21 July 1993
Wansbeck
Wise, Mrs Audrey
Labour
Signed on 22 July 1993
Preston
Wray, Mr Jimmy
Labour
Signed on 27 July 1993
Glasgow, Provan

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.

After a motion has been tabled, other Members can table amendments to it. Amendments to this motion are shown below.

MRS STELLA RIMINGTON AND THE MINERS' UNION (Amendment 1)
leave out from 'Mirror' to end and add 'and notes that Mr Windsor was recruited and appointed by Mr Arthur Scargill and hailed by Mr Scargill as a great asset to the union; and that Mr windsor was consistently defended by Mr Scargill against severe critisisms by officers of the NUM South Wales Area and by other NUM members who were suspicious of Mr Windsor's role bothe during and after the 1984-85 mining dispute and who were appalled at Mr Scargil's lack of judgement in encouraging and protecting him.'.
Labour, Pontypridd
3
signatures
EDM 2352A1: tabled on 21 July 1993
MRS STELLA RIMINGTON AND THE MINERS' UNION (Amendment 2)
leave out from 'Mirror' to end and add 'and notes as a consequence that the NUM set up its own inquiry; recalls that as a result of this the NUM National Executive Committee took out writs against the two national officials and was successful in regaining ú742,000 from the MIREDS account in Dublin; notes that this account was set up in 1985 and was funded by loans and donations made to the NUM Head Office; further notes that the first withdrawal from this account in August 1985 was for the sum of ú100,000 as a loan to the President of the NUM to purchase a second home; and agrees with the report of the NUM's own inquiry conducted by Gavin Lightman QC which concluded that this was a "misapplication of funds".'.
Labour, Rother Valley
2
signatures
EDM 2352A2: tabled on 22 July 1993