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Restoration of online democracy and equal rights for MPs

EDM (Early Day Motion) 726: tabled on 14 July 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 66 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House believes that the decision to discontinue the ability of elected MPs to participate remotely in parliamentary debates, bill committees and by electronic voting is unlawful and discriminatory because it means that up to 250 elected MPs, who are clinically shielded to protect themselves or their families from coronavirus, are no longer able to participate in these activities; further believes that the House of Commons is not empowered to remove the source of its own legitimacy and that the vote to do so was illegal as it excluded the elected MPs affected; calls for the restoration of the democratic rights of all elected MPs who are shielding, and of the constituencies and 15.5 million voters that they represent, to fully participate and for the resumption of virtual arrangements previously in place that continue in the House of Lords, the Senedd and Holyrood; and calls on the Leader of the House of Commons to reinstate the motion allowing online inclusion for shielded elected MPs in all debates and votes, including those on the legal and democratic rights of those elected MPs most affected by the removal of hybrid arrangements; further calls for the resumption of elected MPs’ equal right to work in all aspects of their job, without unreasonable risk to their personal safety, by using the technology available and for the full restoration, without delay, of the democratic legitimacy of our Parliament.

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.

Webbe, Claudia
Labour
Signed on 14 July 2020
Leicester East
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 14 July 2020
West Lancashire
Byrne, Ian
Labour
Signed on 14 July 2020
Liverpool, West Derby
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 July 2020
Edinburgh West
Duffield, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 14 July 2020
Canterbury
Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 July 2020
East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Chamberlain, Wendy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 July 2020
North East Fife
Begum, Apsana
Labour
Signed on 14 July 2020
Poplar and Limehouse
Cooper, Daisy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 July 2020
St Albans
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 14 July 2020
Rochdale
Morris, Grahame
Labour
Signed on 14 July 2020
Easington
Qureshi, Yasmin
Labour
Signed on 14 July 2020
Bolton South East
Barker, Paula
Labour
Signed on 14 July 2020
Liverpool, Wavertree
Osborne, Kate
Labour
Signed on 14 July 2020
Jarrow
Dowd, Peter
Labour
Signed on 14 July 2020
Bootle
Lewis, Clive
Labour
Signed on 14 July 2020
Norwich South
Gwynne, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 14 July 2020
Denton and Reddish
Ferrier, Margaret
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 July 2020
Rutherglen and Hamilton West
Stone, Jamie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 July 2020
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
MacAskill, Kenny
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 July 2020
East Lothian
Ribeiro-Addy, Bell
Labour
Signed on 14 July 2020
Streatham
Chapman, Douglas
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 July 2020
Dunfermline and West Fife
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 14 July 2020
Islington North
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 July 2020
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Whitley, Mick
Labour
Signed on 14 July 2020
Birkenhead
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 14 July 2020
Ceredigion
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 July 2020
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Hobhouse, Wera
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 July 2020
Bath
Wilson, Munira
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 July 2020
Twickenham
Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 July 2020
Midlothian
Hanna, Claire
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 14 July 2020
Belfast South
Bonnar, Steven
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 July 2020
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Hill, Mike
Labour
Signed on 15 July 2020
Hartlepool
Abrahams, Debbie
Labour
Signed on 15 July 2020
Oldham East and Saddleworth
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 July 2020
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Lewell-Buck, Mrs Emma
Labour
Signed on 15 July 2020
South Shields
Black, Mhairi
Scottish National Party
Signed on 15 July 2020
Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Sheerman, Mr Barry
Labour
Signed on 15 July 2020
Huddersfield
Yasin, Mohammad
Labour
Signed on 15 July 2020
Bedford
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 15 July 2020
Hayes and Harlington
Eastwood, Colum
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 15 July 2020
Foyle
Lavery, Ian
Labour
Signed on 15 July 2020
Wansbeck
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 15 July 2020
Brighton, Pavilion
Hanvey, Neale
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 July 2020
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
Ali, Rushanara
Labour
Signed on 20 July 2020
Bethnal Green and Bow
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 July 2020
Motherwell and Wishaw
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 22 July 2020
Arfon
McLaughlin, Anne
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 July 2020
Glasgow North East
Bryant, Chris
Labour
Signed on 22 July 2020
Rhondda
Fovargue, Yvonne
Labour
Signed on 22 July 2020
Makerfield
Johnson, Dame Diana
Labour
Signed on 22 July 2020
Kingston upon Hull North
Burgon, Richard
Labour
Signed on 22 July 2020
Leeds East
Cryer, John
Labour
Signed on 22 July 2020
Leyton and Wanstead
Efford, Clive
Labour
Signed on 1 September 2020
Eltham
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 September 2020
Glasgow Central
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 September 2020
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 September 2020
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 September 2020
Edinburgh East
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 September 2020
Falkirk
Russell-Moyle, Lloyd
Labour
Signed on 15 September 2020
Brighton, Kemptown

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.