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Leader of the Opposition and Avoidance of Debate

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1210: tabled on 28 June 1990

Tabled in the 1989-90 session.

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

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes with admiration that the Right honourable Member for Finchley is the most active Prime Minister since the office was instituted; applauds her stamina in the service of our country at home and abroad over the last 11 years; deplores the campaigns of personal abuse organised by Opposition Members against her and her family which she has borne with great fortitude; takes pride in the fact that no leader of any other Western democracy is as accountable, in making statements and answering questions, to Members of Parliament as the Prime Minister; notes that no Prime Minister has been more punctilious in fulfilling her parliamentary duties; recalls that her very high standards as a parliamentarian were first set in Opposition when for four years she initiated, and remained throughout, business questions on Thursdays, an obligation quickly discarded by the present Leader of the Opposition; further notes that the Right honourable Member for Islwyn has made no Commons speech since his disastrous effort in the Westland debate over four years ago; understands that he is now even kept away from major television interviews following his unfortunate outing on BBC Panorama while Mr Mandelson was absent in the United States of America; and reminds him that if he is serious in his parliamentary challenge to the Prime Minister he could at any time table, and speak to, a motion of no confidence, and when he recovered his own, invites him to do so.

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.

Cash, Mr William
Conservative
Signed on 28 June 1990
Stafford
Coombs, Mr Simon
Conservative
Signed on 28 June 1990
Swindon
Dunn, Mr Bob
Conservative
Signed on 28 June 1990
Dartford
Fox, Sir Marcus
Conservative
Signed on 28 June 1990
Shipley
Gale, Mr Roger
Conservative
Signed on 2 July 1990
North Thanet
Gill, Mr Christopher
Conservative
Signed on 28 June 1990
Ludlow
Hargreaves, Kenneth
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1990
Hyndburn
Holt, Richard
Conservative
Signed on 28 June 1990
Langbaurgh
Jessel, Toby
Conservative
Signed on 28 June 1990
Twickenham
Knowles, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 28 June 1990
Nottingham East
Leigh, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 28 June 1990
Gainsborough and Horncastle
Marland, Paul
Conservative
Signed on 28 June 1990
West Gloucestershire
McNair-Wilson, Sir Michael
Conservative
Signed on 28 June 1990
Newbury
Powell, William
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1990
Corby
Riddick, Graham
Conservative
Signed on 28 June 1990
Colne Valley
Rossi, Sir Hugh
Conservative
Signed on 2 July 1990
Hornsey and Wood Green
Shaw, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 2 July 1990
Dover
Sims, Sir Roger
Conservative
Signed on 2 July 1990
Chislehurst
Taylor, Sir Teddy
Conservative
Signed on 28 June 1990
Southend East
Thorne, Sir Neil
Conservative
Signed on 29 June 1990
Ilford South
Tracey, Richard
Conservative
Signed on 28 June 1990
Surbiton
Warren, Sir Kenneth
Conservative
Signed on 4 July 1990
Hastings and Rye
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 3 July 1990
Congleton
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 29 June 1990
Macclesfield

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.