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Compulsory redundancies and privatisation at the British Council

EDM (Early Day Motion) 163: tabled on 13 June 2022

Tabled in the 2022-23 session.

This motion has been signed by 30 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House is concerned that the vital role of the British Council in promoting Cultural Relations and education, arts, and English language training across the globe will be undermined by the current programme of closures, cuts and outsourcing being undertaken as a result of financial pressures; notes that the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the sponsoring department of the British Council, refused to provide a grant to cover a reduction in revenues during the covid-19 pandemic and instead offered a commercial loan with stringent repayment conditions; regrets that the plans involve compulsory redundancies of hundreds of highly experienced and dedicated staff; supports members of the Public and Commercial Services Union who are taking a further three days of industrial action in June in protest at these plans; and calls on British Council management and the FCDO to release the terms of the agreement and renegotiate the conditions and timeframe for repayment, in order to avoid any compulsory redundancies, any further privatisation and allow more time for business recovery.

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.

Morris, Grahame
Labour
Signed on 13 June 2022
Easington
Johnson, Kim
Labour
Signed on 13 June 2022
Liverpool, Riverside
Burgon, Richard
Labour
Signed on 13 June 2022
Leeds East
Whittome, Nadia
Labour
Signed on 13 June 2022
Nottingham East
Osborne, Kate
Labour
Signed on 13 June 2022
Jarrow
Chapman, Douglas
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 June 2022
Dunfermline and West Fife
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 June 2022
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
McLaughlin, Anne
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 June 2022
Glasgow North East
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 14 June 2022
Rochdale
Corbyn, Jeremy
Independent
Signed on 14 June 2022
Islington North
Lavery, Ian
Labour
Signed on 14 June 2022
Wansbeck
Nichols, Charlotte
Labour
Signed on 14 June 2022
Warrington North
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 June 2022
Glasgow Central
Whitley, Mick
Labour
Signed on 14 June 2022
Birkenhead
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 16 June 2022
Brighton, Pavilion
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 16 June 2022
Arfon
Callaghan, Amy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 June 2022
East Dunbartonshire
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 16 June 2022
Ceredigion
Qaisar, Ms Anum
Scottish National Party
Signed on 17 June 2022
Airdrie and Shotts
Maskell, Rachael
Labour
Signed on 20 June 2022
York Central
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 June 2022
Dundee West
Foy, Mary Kelly
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2022
City of Durham
Ribeiro-Addy, Bell
Labour
Signed on 23 June 2022
Streatham
Hobhouse, Wera
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 June 2022
Bath

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.