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Teaching of British colonial history in schools

EDM (Early Day Motion) 562: tabled on 04 June 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 35 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House calls for the teaching of British colonial history in school curricula across the UK; recognises that much of Britain's wealth was built upon brutal suppression and the embedding of racism and division across the world; that great cities such as Glasgow, Liverpool and Bristol were built upon the investments of the slave trade; that our collective lack of understanding of Britain's role in cultivating notions of race and racial hierarchy misinforms discussions about racism in Britain to this day; and notes that unpicking how and why racial prejudice was constructed would make for a more sophisticated discussion about racism now and would erode the false notion that Britain was ever exclusively “white”.

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.

Stone, Jamie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 June 2020
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
MacAskill, Kenny
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 June 2020
East Lothian
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 8 June 2020
Ceredigion
Callaghan, Amy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 June 2020
East Dunbartonshire
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 June 2020
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Cryer, John
Labour
Signed on 8 June 2020
Leyton and Wanstead
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 June 2020
Glasgow South West
Hobhouse, Wera
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 June 2020
Bath
Hendrick, Sir Mark
Labour
Signed on 10 June 2020
Preston
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 June 2020
Glasgow Central
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 June 2020
Glasgow South
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 June 2020
Motherwell and Wishaw
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 June 2020
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Hosie, Stewart
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 June 2020
Dundee East
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 June 2020
Dundee West
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 15 June 2020
Brighton, Pavilion
Hanvey, Neale
Scottish National Party
Signed on 15 June 2020
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
Grant, Peter
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 June 2020
Glenrothes
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 June 2020
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Gray, Neil
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 June 2020
Airdrie and Shotts
Black, Mhairi
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 June 2020
Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 June 2020
Central Ayrshire
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 25 June 2020
Falkirk
O'Hara, Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 25 June 2020
Argyll and Bute
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 16 July 2020
Hayes and Harlington
Burgon, Richard
Labour
Signed on 9 September 2020
Leeds East
Russell-Moyle, Lloyd
Labour
Signed on 15 September 2020
Brighton, Kemptown
Lewis, Clive
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2021
Norwich South

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.