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EDM (Early Day Motion) 812: tabled on 10 March 1994

Tabled in the 1993-94 session.

This motion has been signed by 109 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 the bid by a consortium led by Mirror Group Newspapers for control of Newspaper Publishing plc, publishers of The Independent and Independent on Sunday, the primary selling point of which has been their editorial independence; is concerned by the existing concentration of press ownership in Britain; and urges the President of the Board of Trade, as a minimum, if he is minded to give consent to the bid, to impose conditions which preserve the editorial independence of the titles, ensures that Newspaper Publishing plc is not subsumed into Mirror Group Newspapers by ensuring that dealings for the provision of services between Mirror Group Newspapers and Newspaper Publishing are transparent and at arms length and that they are capable of termination, ensure balanced board representation, including a majority of independent directors, and prevent any shareholder from purchasing further shares above the level of 30 per cent. without a further reference to the President of the Board of Trade.

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.

Benn, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 16 March 1994
Chesterfield
Bermingham, Mr Gerry
Labour
Signed on 15 March 1994
St Helens South
Bradley, Mr Keith
Labour
Signed on 15 March 1994
Manchester, Withington
Brazier, Mr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 14 March 1994
Canterbury
Bruce, Malcolm
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 March 1994
Gordon
Campbell, Mrs Anne
Labour
Signed on 17 March 1994
Cambridge
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 11 March 1994
Blyth Valley
Carlisle, Sir Kenneth
Conservative
Signed on 17 March 1994
Lincoln
Churchill, Winston
Conservative
Signed on 17 March 1994
Davyhulme
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 29 March 1994
Barnsley West and Penistone
Clarke, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 14 March 1994
Midlothian
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 14 March 1994
Leyton
Cormack, Sir Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 17 March 1994
South Staffordshire
Couchman, James
Conservative
Signed on 10 March 1994
Gillingham
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 11 March 1994
Easington
Cunliffe, Mr Lawrence
Labour
Signed on 14 March 1994
Leigh
Dickens, Geoffrey
Conservative
Signed on 10 March 1994
Littleborough and Saddleworth
Dicks, Terry
Conservative
Signed on 14 March 1994
Hayes and Harlington
Dover, Den
Conservative
Signed on 17 March 1994
Chorley
Dowd, Jim
Labour
Signed on 14 March 1994
Lewisham West
Dunnachie, Jimmy
Labour
Signed on 11 March 1994
Glasgow, Pollok
Durant, Sir Anthony
Conservative
Signed on 14 March 1994
Reading West
Dykes, Hugh
Conservative
Signed on 17 March 1994
Harrow East
Enright, Derek
Labour
Signed on 10 March 1994
Hemsworth
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 24 March 1994
Sunderland North
Evans, John
Labour
Signed on 15 March 1994
St Helens North
Faulds, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 15 March 1994
Warley East
Fenner, Dame Peggy
Conservative
Signed on 17 March 1994
Medway
Gallie, Mr Phil
Conservative
Signed on 17 March 1994
Ayr
Godman, Dr Norman
Labour
Signed on 11 March 1994
Greenock and Port Glasgow
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 21 April 1994
Birmingham, Small Heath
Gordon, Mildred
Labour
Signed on 16 March 1994
Bow and Poplar
Graham, Mr Tommy
Labour
Signed on 20 April 1994
Renfrew West and Inverclyde
Grant, Sir Anthony
Conservative
Signed on 14 March 1994
South West Cambridgeshire
Greenway, Harry
Conservative
Signed on 15 March 1994
Ealing North
Greenway, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 10 March 1994
Ryedale
Griffiths, Mr Win
Labour
Signed on 16 March 1994
Bridgend
Grocott, Mr Bruce
Labour
Signed on 11 March 1994
The Wrekin
Grylls, Sir Michael
Conservative
Signed on 17 March 1994
North West Surrey
Gunnell, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 16 March 1994
Morley and Leeds South
Hall, Mr Mike
Labour
Signed on 16 March 1994
Warrington South
Hampson, Dr Keith
Conservative
Signed on 10 March 1994
Leeds North West
Hardy, Peter
Labour
Signed on 14 March 1994
Wentworth
Heppell, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 16 March 1994
Nottingham East
Hicks, Sir Robert
Conservative
Signed on 10 March 1994
South East Cornwall
Hogg, Norman
Labour
Signed on 15 March 1994
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 15 March 1994
Barnsley Central
Jackson, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 10 March 1994
Wantage
Jessel, Toby
Conservative
Signed on 10 March 1994
Twickenham
Johnson Smith, Sir Geoffrey
Conservative
Signed on 10 March 1994
Wealden
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 11 March 1994
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Nigel
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 March 1994
Cheltenham
Khabra, Mr Piara S
Labour
Signed on 15 March 1994
Ealing, Southall
Kinnock, Neil
Labour
Signed on 15 March 1994
Islwyn
Knox, Sir David
Conservative
Signed on 14 March 1994
Staffordshire Moorlands
Lester, Sir James
Conservative
Signed on 15 March 1994
Broxtowe
Livingstone, Mr Ken
Labour
Signed on 11 March 1994
Brent East
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 24 March 1994
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Madden, Max
Labour
Signed on 14 March 1994
Bradford West
Maddock, Mrs Diana
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 March 1994
Christchurch
Mandelson, Peter
Labour
Signed on 10 March 1994
Hartlepool
Marland, Paul
Conservative
Signed on 10 March 1994
West Gloucestershire
Marshall, Sir Michael
Conservative
Signed on 10 March 1994
Arundel
McAllion, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 11 March 1994
Dundee East
McCartney, Sir Ian
Labour
Signed on 15 March 1994
Makerfield
McKelvey, William
Labour
Signed on 11 March 1994
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 14 March 1994
Mansfield
Michie, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 15 March 1994
Sheffield, Heeley
Michie, Mrs Ray
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 March 1994
Argyll and Bute
Mitchell, Mr Austin
Labour
Signed on 15 March 1994
Great Grimsby
Mitchell, Sir David
Conservative
Signed on 14 March 1994
North West Hampshire
Montgomery, Sir Fergus
Conservative
Signed on 10 March 1994
Altrincham and Sale
Mullin, Mr Chris
Labour
Signed on 16 March 1994
Sunderland South
Nicholson, David
Conservative
Signed on 11 March 1994
Taunton
O'Hara, Mr Edward
Labour
Signed on 16 March 1994
Knowsley South
Page, Mr Richard
Conservative
Signed on 14 March 1994
South West Hertfordshire
Parry, Robert
Labour
Signed on 11 March 1994
Liverpool, Riverside
Pickthall, Mr Colin
Labour
Signed on 15 March 1994
West Lancashire
Pike, Mr Peter
Labour
Signed on 15 March 1994
Burnley
Pope, Mr Greg
Labour
Signed on 16 March 1994
Hyndburn
Prentice, Bridget
Labour
Signed on 14 March 1994
Lewisham East
Roche, Mrs Barbara
Labour
Signed on 14 March 1994
Hornsey and Wood Green
Rooker, Mr Jeff
Labour
Signed on 16 March 1994
Birmingham, Perry Barr
Ross, Mr Ernie
Labour
Signed on 11 March 1994
Dundee West
Sedgemore, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 15 March 1994
Hackney South and Shoreditch
Shaw, Sir Giles
Conservative
Signed on 17 March 1994
Pudsey
Shepherd, Sir Colin
Conservative
Signed on 17 March 1994
Hereford
Shersby, Sir Michael
Conservative
Signed on 14 March 1994
Uxbridge
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 16 March 1994
Nottingham South
Skeet, Sir Trevor
Conservative
Signed on 14 March 1994
North Bedfordshire
Soley, Mr Clive
Labour
Signed on 15 March 1994
Hammersmith
Speed, Sir Keith
Conservative
Signed on 10 March 1994
Ashford
Spicer, Sir James
Conservative
Signed on 10 March 1994
West Dorset
Squire, Rachel
Labour
Signed on 13 April 1994
Dunfermline West
Steel, Sir David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 April 1994
Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale
Sumberg, David
Conservative
Signed on 14 March 1994
Bury South
Sykes, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 10 March 1994
Scarborough
Thompson, Sir Donald
Conservative
Signed on 14 March 1994
Calder Valley
Thurnham, Peter
Conservative
Signed on 14 March 1994
Bolton North East
Tyler, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 March 1994
North Cornwall
Watson, Mike
Labour
Signed on 15 March 1994
Glasgow Central
Wolfson, Mark
Conservative
Signed on 14 March 1994
Sevenoaks

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.