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Apology for Forced Adoption

EDM (Early Day Motion) 119: tabled on 26 May 2021

Tabled in the 2021-22 session.

This motion has been signed by 75 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House recognises the great injustice, suffering and lifetime of pain caused to mothers and their children separated by forced adoption in the UK in the three decades after the Second World War, when young unmarried mothers were coerced into handing over their new-born children, and apologises for it; recognises that it is wrong to say that those mothers chose to give up their babies for adoption, when there was no choice and they were actively pressured to do so by doctors, midwives and other professionals; deplores the shameful practices that denied those mothers their fundamental rights to love and care for their children; pays tribute to the tireless campaign for justice by the Movement for an Adoption Apology; acknowledges that the State and those acting on its behalf allowed or encouraged abuses of adoption practices; unconditionally apologises for the policies and practices that allowed this injustice to occur and for the pain that was caused; calls on the Government to issue an unconditional and comprehensive apology to all those affected and to endorse their demand for recognition and justice; calls on the Government to ensure all those affected receive the help and support they need, including specialist counselling services; and further calls on the Government to establish an inquiry so that the full truth can be told and this grave injustice can be fully recognised and understood.

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.

Hayes, Helen
Labour
Signed on 26 May 2021
Dulwich and West Norwood
Eagle, Maria
Labour
Signed on 26 May 2021
Garston and Halewood
Elliott, Julie
Labour
Signed on 26 May 2021
Sunderland Central
McKinnell, Catherine
Labour
Signed on 26 May 2021
Newcastle upon Tyne North
Ferrier, Margaret
Independent
Signed on 27 May 2021
Rutherglen and Hamilton West
Gwynne, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 27 May 2021
Denton and Reddish
Whitley, Mick
Labour
Signed on 27 May 2021
Birkenhead
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 27 May 2021
Strangford
MacAskill, Kenny
Alba Party
Signed on 27 May 2021
East Lothian
Hanna, Claire
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 27 May 2021
Belfast South
Barker, Paula
Labour
Signed on 27 May 2021
Liverpool, Wavertree
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 27 May 2021
Rochdale
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 May 2021
Edinburgh West
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 27 May 2021
West Lancashire
Antoniazzi, Tonia
Labour
Signed on 27 May 2021
Gower
Vaz, Valerie
Labour
Signed on 27 May 2021
Walsall South
Eagle, Dame Angela
Labour
Signed on 27 May 2021
Wallasey
Johnson, Kim
Labour
Signed on 27 May 2021
Liverpool, Riverside
Wilson, Munira
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 May 2021
Twickenham
Fovargue, Yvonne
Labour
Signed on 27 May 2021
Makerfield
Malhotra, Seema
Labour
Signed on 27 May 2021
Feltham and Heston
Hardy, Emma
Labour
Signed on 27 May 2021
Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle
Maskell, Rachael
Labour
Signed on 27 May 2021
York Central
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 May 2021
Glasgow South West
Ali, Rushanara
Labour
Signed on 27 May 2021
Bethnal Green and Bow
Farry, Stephen
Alliance
Signed on 27 May 2021
North Down
Mearns, Ian
Labour
Signed on 27 May 2021
Gateshead
Slaughter, Andy
Labour
Signed on 27 May 2021
Hammersmith
Hodge, Dame Margaret
Labour
Signed on 27 May 2021
Barking
McDonald, Stuart C
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 May 2021
Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
Brennan, Kevin
Labour
Signed on 27 May 2021
Cardiff West
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
Signed on 27 May 2021
Ealing, Southall
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 May 2021
Central Ayrshire
Sultana, Zarah
Labour
Signed on 27 May 2021
Coventry South
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 May 2021
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Mishra, Navendu
Labour
Signed on 7 June 2021
Stockport
Webbe, Claudia
Independent
Signed on 7 June 2021
Leicester East
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 7 June 2021
Brighton, Pavilion
O'Hara, Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 June 2021
Argyll and Bute
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 June 2021
Edinburgh East
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 7 June 2021
Hayes and Harlington
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 June 2021
Motherwell and Wishaw
Blackford, Ian
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 June 2021
Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Corbyn, Jeremy
Independent
Signed on 7 June 2021
Islington North
Chamberlain, Wendy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 June 2021
North East Fife
Huq, Dr Rupa
Labour
Signed on 7 June 2021
Ealing Central and Acton
Wilson, Sammy
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 7 June 2021
East Antrim
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 7 June 2021
Arfon
Hobhouse, Wera
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 June 2021
Bath
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 7 June 2021
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Dromey, Jack
Labour
Signed on 7 June 2021
Birmingham, Erdington
Osborne, Kate
Labour
Signed on 7 June 2021
Jarrow
Crawley, Angela
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 June 2021
Lanark and Hamilton East
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 14 June 2021
Ceredigion
Burgon, Richard
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2021
Leeds East
Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 June 2021
East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Benn, Hilary
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2021
Leeds Central
Oswald, Kirsten
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 June 2021
East Renfrewshire
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 June 2021
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Ribeiro-Addy, Bell
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2021
Streatham
Hollern, Kate
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2021
Blackburn
Rees, Christina
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2021
Neath
Begum, Apsana
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2021
Poplar and Limehouse
Girvan, Paul
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 28 June 2021
South Antrim
Timms, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2021
East Ham
Spellar, John
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2021
Warley
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
Signed on 30 June 2021
Glasgow North
Cooper, Daisy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 July 2021
St Albans
Callaghan, Amy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 July 2021
East Dunbartonshire

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.