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Lift the Ban campaign

EDM (Early Day Motion) 48: tabled on 17 May 2021

Tabled in the 2021-22 session.

This motion has been signed by 42 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House recognises the injustice of preventing people seeking asylum from working; notes that the £5.66 asylum seekers receive a day is far below what is required to live on; further notes that asylum seekers can wait months for a decision on their asylum claim; supports the Lift the Ban campaign to allow asylum seekers to work whilst their claims are being processed; commends the work of Refugee Action and the non-profit organisations, think tanks, trades unions, businesses, local authorities and faith groups in their struggle to have the rule overturned that prevents people seeking asylum from working; applauds Freedom from Torture, Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit, as well as the Trades Union Congress, UNISON, NEU and NASUWT in their support for that campaign; believes that overturning that ban would improve the mental health of people in the asylum system and help to challenge forced labour, exploitation and modern slavery; acknowledges and further recognises that the journeys to safety in the UK can take months and prohibit those people rebuilding their lives; pays tribute to the work of the Lift the Ban Coalition including its research revealing that if people seeking asylum had the right to work six months after making their initial asylum claim it would lead to fewer support payments and increased income tax and National Insurance receipts of up to £100m for the public purse; and calls on the Government to lift that ban and bring forward legislative proposals to allow asylum seekers to work.

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.

Whitley, Mick
Labour
Signed on 17 May 2021
Birkenhead
Russell-Moyle, Lloyd
Labour
Signed on 17 May 2021
Brighton, Kemptown
Long Bailey, Rebecca
Labour
Signed on 17 May 2021
Salford and Eccles
Morris, Grahame
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2021
Easington
Mearns, Ian
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2021
Gateshead
Byrne, Ian
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2021
Liverpool, West Derby
Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2021
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Begum, Apsana
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2021
Poplar and Limehouse
Webbe, Claudia
Independent
Signed on 18 May 2021
Leicester East
MacAskill, Kenny
Alba Party
Signed on 18 May 2021
East Lothian
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 18 May 2021
Strangford
Winter, Beth
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2021
Cynon Valley
Foy, Mary Kelly
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2021
City of Durham
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 May 2021
Glasgow Central
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2021
Hayes and Harlington
Lavery, Ian
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2021
Wansbeck
Whittome, Nadia
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2021
Nottingham East
Edwards, Jonathan
Independent
Signed on 18 May 2021
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Carden, Dan
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2021
Liverpool, Walton
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 May 2021
Glasgow North West
Lewis, Clive
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2021
Norwich South
McDonald, Stuart C
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 May 2021
Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
Eastwood, Colum
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 19 May 2021
Foyle
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 May 2021
Motherwell and Wishaw
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 May 2021
Edinburgh West
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 May 2021
Glasgow South West
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 20 May 2021
Brighton, Pavilion
Hanna, Claire
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 20 May 2021
Belfast South
Sultana, Zarah
Labour
Signed on 20 May 2021
Coventry South
Blackman, Kirsty
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 June 2021
Aberdeen North
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 June 2021
Edinburgh East
Ali, Tahir
Labour
Signed on 7 June 2021
Birmingham, Hall Green
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 14 June 2021
Arfon
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 14 June 2021
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 14 June 2021
Ceredigion
Grant, Peter
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 July 2021
Glenrothes

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.