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Clarkston gas explosion of 21 October 1971

EDM (Early Day Motion) 484: tabled on 23 September 2021

Tabled in the 2021-22 session.

This motion has been signed by 47 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House recalls, fifty years on, the dreadful events of 21 October 1971, when Scotland’s worst peace-time explosion ripped through the Clarkston Toll shopping precinct, quickly reducing the shops to rubble; recognises the devastating impact on the local community, with 22 people losing their lives and more than 100 injured, and the grief this caused for so many families across Clarkston, East Renfrewshire and beyond; further recognises that the majority of the victims were women and that minimal compensation was paid to victims or the families of the deceased; expresses concern that the cause of the explosion, which was likened to the detonation of a 300 lb bomb, has never been identified despite a fatal accident inquiry lasting 19 days, and that no one was held accountable for this tragedy, despite the fact that in the days before the explosion shop workers had raised concerns about the smell of gas, and, despite no source being found, the all-clear was given to open the shops on the morning of 21 October; records its appreciation of the work of the emergency services, with firefighters and police officers, aided by volunteers, working to recover people from the debris, while doctors, nurses and a fleet of 22 ambulances battled to save as many as they could; commends those in the local community who have worked to commemorate the victims of this dreadful event, the losses from which are felt to this day; and notes that the community in Clarkston will never forget.

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.

Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Bonnar, Steven
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
O'Hara, Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Argyll and Bute
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Glasgow North West
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Dundee West
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Ochil and South Perthshire
Thomson, Richard
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Gordon
Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Edinburgh North and Leith
Ferrier, Margaret
Independent
Signed on 18 October 2021
Rutherglen and Hamilton West
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Callaghan, Amy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
East Dunbartonshire
Crawley, Angela
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Lanark and Hamilton East
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
McLaughlin, Anne
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Glasgow North East
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Glasgow South West
Doogan, Dave
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Angus
Linden, David
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Glasgow East
Chapman, Douglas
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Dunfermline and West Fife
Newlands, Gavin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Bardell, Hannah
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Livingston
Cherry, Joanna
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Edinburgh South West
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Falkirk
Blackman, Kirsty
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Aberdeen North
Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Docherty-Hughes, Martin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
West Dunbartonshire
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Black, Mhairi
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Midlothian
Gibson, Patricia
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
North Ayrshire and Arran
Wishart, Pete
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Perth and North Perthshire
Grant, Peter
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Glenrothes
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Central Ayrshire
Cowan, Ronnie
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Inverclyde
Flynn, Stephen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Aberdeen South
Hosie, Stewart
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Dundee East
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Glasgow South
McDonald, Stuart C
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 October 2021
Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 19 October 2021
Strangford
Hanvey, Neale
Alba Party
Signed on 19 October 2021
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 20 October 2021
Hayes and Harlington

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.