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100th birthday of war veteran Jack Ransom

EDM (Early Day Motion) 334: tabled on 21 April 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 33 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House celebrates the 100th birthday of Largs resident and war veteran Jack Ransom, on 15th April, the celebrations for which had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak; is aware that Jack’s life began in London before he moved to Scotland, a country for which he has developed a deep affection; pays tribute to Jack’s years of military service which began in the Territorial Army, and his capture in 1942 as he was held as a prisoner of war on the infamous Thai-Burma Railway, also known as the Burmese Railway of Death where he survived the harshest of conditions; recognises that the determination and resolve Jack and his fellow prisoners displayed during their internment is an inspiration for all, especially during the current crisis; further acknowledges that during his life Jack has continued to face trials such as being widowed twice which he has borne with admirable fortitude; is mindful of the courage Jack demonstrated when he returned to the place of his wartime suffering after 65 years and has recounted his inspirational story in his memoirs The Scottish Cockney, published in 2014; shares the disappointment that Jack’s special birthday plans had to be cancelled, with over 80 of Jack’s family and friends, who had planned to attend the celebrations to mark this special occasion; and understands this will be a difficult time for the usually outgoing and energetic Jack, but is hopeful the celebrations can be rearranged when it is safe to do so.

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.

Oswald, Kirsten
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 April 2020
East Renfrewshire
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 April 2020
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 April 2020
Glasgow South West
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 April 2020
Central Ayrshire
Bardell, Hannah
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 April 2020
Livingston
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 April 2020
Glasgow Central
Cowan, Ronnie
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 April 2020
Inverclyde
McLaughlin, Anne
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 April 2020
Glasgow North East
Black, Mhairi
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 April 2020
Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 April 2020
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 April 2020
Motherwell and Wishaw
Linden, David
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 April 2020
Glasgow East
Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 April 2020
Midlothian
Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 April 2020
Edinburgh North and Leith
Wishart, Pete
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 April 2020
Perth and North Perthshire
McDonald, Stuart C
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 April 2020
Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
Cherry, Joanna
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 April 2020
Edinburgh South West
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 April 2020
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 April 2020
Falkirk
Grant, Peter
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 April 2020
Glenrothes
Bonnar, Steven
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 April 2020
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 April 2020
Glasgow North West
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 April 2020
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Gray, Neil
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 April 2020
Airdrie and Shotts
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 22 April 2020
Strangford
Hanvey, Neale
Independent
Signed on 5 May 2020
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
Girvan, Paul
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 7 July 2020
South Antrim

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.