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Early Day Motions

Published: Tuesday 18 May 2021

Early Day Motions tabled on Monday 17 May 2021

Early Day Motions (EDMs) are motions for which no days have been fixed.

The number of signatories includes all members who have added their names in support of the Early Day Motion (EDM), including the Member in charge of the Motion.

EDMs and added names are also published on the EDM database at www.parliament.uk/edm

[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

New EDMs

43The right to breathe clean air campaign

Tabled: 17/05/21 Signatories: 1

Mr Barry Sheerman

That this House acknowledges that long term exposure to air pollution causes between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths per year; expresses the belief that people across the UK and beyond should have an inalienable right to breathe clean air; notes that poor air quality is one of the greatest public health challenges that people face in the 21st century; recognises the need for a co-ordinated solution between all levels of Government and the private sector to mitigate against the negative health impacts of dangerous levels of air pollution; and further notes that the Government should make reference to the inalienable right to breathe clean air in any future legislative proposals.


44Forestry in England and the closure of Wykeham nursery

Tabled: 17/05/21 Signatories: 5

John McDonnell

Richard Burgon

Olivia Blake

Chris Stephens

Grahame Morris

That this House believes that increasing both biodiversity and the volume of new tree planting is an essential part of any strategy to reach the UK's net zero target in carbon emissions; is concerned to learn that on 17 March 2021 Forestry Commission trade unions and nursery staff were informed of the decision to restructure Plant and Seed Supply (PSS) and to close Wykeham Nursery near Scarborough in North Yorkshire from April 2022; notes that undermining public sector forestry in England will increase dependency on commercial imports of live trees which are associated with an increasing risk of introducing pathogens into our domestic ecosystem, with the potential to decimate our landscape and risk human health; further notes that that decision will cost jobs in that deprived coastal community not only among those directly employed at that site, but also from among agency workers and other suppliers and thus stands in direct contrast to the Government’s Levelling Up agenda; and calls on the Government to intervene in order to avoid the loss of the expertise and resource that that nursery provides, at a time when there are plans for increased tree planting and to protect the environmental landscape of England.


45PDA Day 2021

Tabled: 17/05/21 Signatories: 1

Angela Crawley

That this House welcomes PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) Day 2021 on 15 May 2021; understands that PDA is a profile within autism; recognises that PDA Day is an opportunity to raise awareness, increase acceptance and take action about the PDA profile of autism; commends the work of the PDA Society who hold that event annually to increase understanding of PDA which is widely understood to be a profile on the autism spectrum, involving the extreme avoidance of everyday demands, an anxiety-driven need to be in control and the use of social strategies as part of that avoidance; accepts that PDA can be difficult to diagnose and under the umbrella diagnosis of autism, a clear signpost to the PDA profile is needed to improve outcomes for individuals and families.


46Proposal to implement a full ban on importing of animal part trophies

Tabled: 17/05/21 Signatories: 1

Dave Doogan

That this House notes the strong, cross-Party support for EDM 50 and 787 of the 2019-20 parliamentary session regarding the ban on trophy hunting imports; supports the need to implement a comprehensive ban on the trade and import of such items within and to the UK without qualification or exception; and calls on the Government to implement a ban on the importation of all animal parts that form trophies into the UK as soon as possible and ensure that there are no loopholes in future legislation that would allow any such trophies to be imported or traded.


47Leicester City FC 2021 FA Cup victory

Tabled: 17/05/21 Signatories: 1

Jim Shannon

That this House notes the tremendous Victory by Leicester City FC in the 2021 FA Cup; further notes this tremendous victory in the FA cup as the first in their 137-year history, despite reaching four final; highlights the euphoria felt by long term fans of this great team; and offers sincere congratulations to the team, coaching staff and management who have shown that hard work and passion pays off and that sometimes the long game is the sweetest game.


48Lift the Ban campaign

Tabled: 17/05/21 Signatories: 9

Navendu Mishra

Bell Ribeiro-Addy

Chris Law

Tony Lloyd

Paula Barker

Kim Johnson

Mick WhitleyLloyd Russell-MoyleRebecca Long Bailey

That this House recognises the injustice of preventing people seeking asylum from working; notes that the £5.66 asylum seekers receive a day is far below what is required to live on; further notes that asylum seekers can wait months for a decision on their asylum claim; supports the Lift the Ban campaign to allow asylum seekers to work whilst their claims are being processed; commends the work of Refugee Action and the non-profit organisations, think tanks, trades unions, businesses, local authorities and faith groups in their struggle to have the rule overturned that prevents people seeking asylum from working; applauds Freedom from Torture, Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit, as well as the Trades Union Congress, UNISON, NEU and NASUWT in their support for that campaign; believes that overturning that ban would improve the mental health of people in the asylum system and help to challenge forced labour, exploitation and modern slavery; acknowledges and further recognises that the journeys to safety in the UK can take months and prohibit those people rebuilding their lives; pays tribute to the work of the Lift the Ban Coalition including its research revealing that if people seeking asylum had the right to work six months after making their initial asylum claim it would lead to fewer support payments and increased income tax and National Insurance receipts of up to £100m for the public purse; and calls on the Government to lift that ban and bring forward legislative proposals to allow asylum seekers to work.


49Proposal to end the export of plastic waste

Tabled: 17/05/21 Signatories: 1

Dave Doogan

That this House notes the publication of Greenpeace's report entitled Trashed - how the UK is still dumping plastic waste on the rest of the world; further notes with concern that the UK generates more plastic waste per person than any country besides the US and, in 2020, exported 40 per cent of its plastic waste - 210,000 tonnes - to Turkey where investigations have found some of that waste to have been illegally dumped and burned; understands that the UK and EU member states have rules designed to prevent the export of plastic waste unless it is to be recycled; notes its concern that those rules appear to have been broken; joins Greenpeace's calls for the Government to take control over that problem in light of what it describes as the Government's reckless decision to send plastic waste to Turkey given that country lacks the infrastructure to cope with that waste; and calls on the Government to take urgent steps to reduce the volume of single use and mixed plastics, end the export of plastic waste and enact the Environment Bill as soon as possible.


50Scottish Retail Consortium charitable giving

Tabled: 17/05/21 Signatories: 1

Kirsty Blackman

That this House congratulates the members of the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) on raising over £16 million for charity and good causes in 2020, including during the Covid pandemic, and £75 million overall since 2016, as highlighted in the SRC’s trailblazing Report into Retail Charitable Giving 2021; notes that, through their shops and online operations throughout Scotland, retailers raise money and support for charity through donations, fundraising, awareness raising and community activity, including causes to do with the medical research, public health, care, food aid and the environment; and acknowledges the positive contribution that retailers make to Scottish society through their work in the community across each and every part of Scotland.


51Safety of staff at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Tabled: 17/05/21 Signatories: 1

Tonia Antoniazzi

That this House expresses its concern at the continued dispute of staff represented by the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency’s (DVLA) Swansea office; regrets that over 600 cases of covid-19 have been recorded and one member of staff has died; deplores the blatant disregard of senior management towards the justifiable, widespread health and safety concerns of staff and PCS; believes that key workers who are required on-site should be assured of a covid-secure, safe working environment and all others should work from home; and calls on the Government to use its influence, as a matter of urgency, to help resolve this dispute and ensure that the health and safety of staff is prioritised by the Department for Transport and senior leaders at the DVLA.


52Proposal for a pilot scheme to increase council tax on second homes

Tabled: 17/05/21 Signatories: 1

Tim Farron

That this House observes the notable rise in second home purchases over the past year; acknowledges the significant damage excessive second home ownership does to communities and local public services by robbing towns and villages of a permanent population; notes the decision of Gwynedd council in Wales to double council tax on second homes in their district; and calls on the Government to make the Lake District National Park and the Yorkshire Dales National Park pilot areas to increase council tax on second homes, in order to increase funding for local services and to disincentivise second home purchases in those areas.


53Universal Basic Income pilot in Wales

Tabled: 17/05/21 Signatories: 2

Beth Winter

Ronnie Cowan

That this House applauds the Welsh Government for committing to a Universal Basic Income (UBI) pilot in Wales; thanks all the Senedd candidates who signed the pledge for UBI ahead of May's elections; acknowledges that the current system of social security provision in the UK is not sufficient to provide financial security, nor protect public health during the covid-19 outbreak; believes that the provision of UBI would establish a welfare system with no gaps and an income floor that nobody could fall below, with the effect of reducing poverty without lessening the incentive to work; and calls on the Government to provide co-operation through the Treasury, HMRC and the Department for Work and Pensions, in addition to financial support, to enable that pilot in Wales to take place.


54Reorganisation of the NHS and social care

Tabled: 17/05/21 Signatories: 6

Margaret Greenwood

Paula Barker

Kim Johnson

Ian Byrne

Mick Whitley

Peter Dowd

That this House believes that the proposals contained within the Government’s white paper entitled Integration and Innovation: working together to improve health and social care for all represent a major reorganisation of the NHS; is concerned that the Government’s plan to divide the NHS into local statutory Integrated Care Systems creates the potential for private companies to take key roles in developing plans to address people's health, social care and public health needs; is further concerned that such companies would then be in a position to influence decisions about the deployment of public resources, presenting the possibility for conflicts of interest; recognises concerns that local plans will differ and so embed a postcode lottery in provision of those services; expresses concern about the proposed powers to remove a profession from regulation, remove the existing legal requirement for all assessments of vulnerable patients to take place prior to hospital discharge and broaden the scope for ministerial intervention in reconfigurations and is concerned about the serious implications that those proposals will have for patients and NHS and social care staff; further believes that during a pandemic, when NHS and social care staff have been under immense pressure and are exhausted, is no time to carry out any major reorganisation of the NHS; and calls on the Government to pause that whole process until after all covid-19 restrictions have been lifted and then carry out a full public consultation so that patients, NHS staff, care workers and unpaid carers can have their say in response to those proposals.


55Attacks on journalists in Gaza

Tabled: 17/05/21 Signatories: 17

Grahame Morris

Rebecca Long Bailey

John McDonnell

Apsana Begum

Navendu Mishra

Jeremy Corbyn

Paula BarkerNadia WhittomeMs Diane AbbottBeth WinterZarah SultanaIan ByrneBell Ribeiro-AddyIan MearnsRichard BurgonKate OsborneJon Trickett

That this House deplores the attack by the Israeli military on the building in Gaza housing media including Associated Press and Al Jazeera, which follows attacks or detentions of at least thirty journalists and two previous strikes on journalist's offices in Gaza; supports the demands of the International Federation of Journalists for an end to the deliberate and systematic targeting of media and journalists in a clear attempt to silence those reporting from on the ground in Gaza; further condemns recent attacks on Israeli journalists by settler groups in Gaza; notes that Israel is in breach of its international obligations, specifically UN Security Council Resolution 1738 which requires States to protect journalists and their support staff working in conflict environments; and calls on the UK Government to do everything in its power, including via the United Nations, to press the Israeli authorities to end the impunity for attacks on journalists in Gaza.


5650 years of the Misuse of Drugs Act

Tabled: 17/05/21 Signatories: 7

Grahame Morris

Caroline Lucas

Ronnie Cowan

Tommy Sheppard

Liz Saville Roberts

Dan Carden

Crispin Blunt

That this House acknowledges that the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 is not fit for purpose; notes that for 50 years, it has failed to reduce drug consumption and that drug deaths are now at a record high; further notes that instead it has increased harm, damaged public health and exacerbated social inequalities; believes that an evidence-based approach which provides pathways for people with drug difficulties into treatment, rather than the criminal justice system, should be prioritised; urges the earliest examination of international evidence from health-led personal drug consumption regime such as Portugal, where outcomes are startlingly better against every reasonable criteria; and calls upon the Government, as a matter of urgency, to repeal and replace the Act with legislation to ensure that future drug policy protects human rights, promotes public health and ensures social justice.


57Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day 2021

Tabled: 17/05/21 Signatories: 1

Margaret Greenwood

That this House notes that Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day (SCIAD) takes place on 21 May 2021; supports the ambition of that day to raise awareness of spinal cord injury nationally; recognises the vitally important work of spinal injuries charities alongside the specialist spinal cord injury centres during the covid-19 crisis to support the 50,000 spinal cord injured (SCI) people in the UK; further notes the importance of the central theme of SCIAD of raising awareness of the life-changing impact of spinal cord injury on the individual and their loved ones, including on the approximately seven people each day who sustain a spinal cord injury in the UK; and calls on the Government to recognise the enormous impact of the current shortfall in the provision of specialist care and support for SCI people and to make sure that that shortfall is addressed at the earliest opportunity.


58A People's Green New Deal

Tabled: 17/05/21 Signatories: 8

Zarah Sultana

Apsana Begum

Jeremy Corbyn

Rebecca Long Bailey

Bell Ribeiro-Addy

Claudia Webbe

Richard BurgonJohn McDonnell

That this House believes that the government must urgently act to address unemployment, poverty, and the intensifying climate crisis; notes that the climate emergency poses a grave threat to public health and living standards in the UK and across the world; further notes that the Government is currently set to miss its Fourth and Fifth Carbon Budgets; believes that, as the host of COP26, the UK must provide leadership in tackling the climate emergency; further believes that there should be no return to the deeply unequal, pro-privatisation economic model that preceded the covid-19 pandemic; therefore urges the Government to bring forward a People’s Green New Deal Bill to provide a state-led programme of economic transformation, with a green jobs revolution to create millions of well-paid, unionised jobs, including by bringing energy, water, transport and mail into public ownership, investing in green technologies, expanding and electrifying public transport and expanding international rail, retrofitting homes, creating a National Care Service, providing universal free broadband, repealing anti-trade union laws and increasing workers’ rights, a just transition away from polluting industries with a comprehensive re-training programme and green jobs guarantee, and public procurement in line with global justice in supply chains; and further urges the Government to tackle inequality by raising taxes on the richest 5 per cent of earners and large corporations, while introducing a windfall tax on corporations who have made excessive profits during the covid-19 pandemic and a crackdown on tax avoidance and evasion.

Added Names

Below are EDMs tabled in the last two weeks to which names have been added. Only the first 6 names and any new names are included.

1Investment in good quality green jobs across the UK

Tabled: 11/05/21 Signatories: 33

Caroline Lucas

Clive Lewis

Wera Hobhouse

Alan Brown

Liz Saville Roberts

Claire Hanna

Debbie AbrahamsTony LloydApsana BegumTommy SheppardAllan DoransZarah Sultana

That this House recognises the urgency with which the UK must act to address the climate and nature emergencies; notes the scale and ambition of US President Biden’s $2.3 trillion plan to upgrade America so that it is greener and fairer and regrets the lack of such a plan for the UK; calls on the Government to invest in a transformative Green New Deal to create over one million well-paid, good quality green jobs where everyone has a role to play from insulating homes to delivering first class public services; notes that this would replace jobs lost as a result of the covid-19 outbreak and level up the UK; considers green jobs to include low carbon jobs in care, education and health as well as in nature conservation, industry and infrastructure; welcomes data from Green New Deal UK revealing the potential for a job-rich green recovery in every constituency; further calls on the Government to significantly increase investment in training and skills as well as job-creation; urges the Government to guarantee a just transition for workers in high carbon sectors including oil, gas, steel and aviation; further urges the Government to ensure the remits of the UK Infrastructure Bank and Green Savings Bonds advance a green economy and do not support fossil fuel extraction; and calls on the Government to move towards a wellbeing economy where the number and quality of good green jobs and the wellbeing of people and nature are the primary measures of the health of the nations.


4Protests in Colombia

Tabled: 11/05/21 Signatories: 22

Tony Lloyd

Kate Osborne

Chris Stephens

Clive Efford

Ian Byrne

Ian Lavery

Grahame MorrisAlison ThewlissApsana BegumIan MearnsClaudia Webbe

That this House expresses profound concern on reports of excessive use of force by the Colombian police, against overwhelmingly peaceful social protests as confirmed by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights across Colombia from 28 April 2021, as part of a national strike; believes the right to peaceful protest and freedom of assembly are essential tenets of democracy; condemns serious human rights violations allegedly carried out by the police, including the use of live ammunition resulting in the deaths of over 30 protesters, numerous cases of sexual violence and serious injuries, over 100 people reported disappeared, over 800 arbitrary arrests, and targeted attacks on civil society organisations and human rights defenders, some of whom were trying to monitor the police; also condemns the small minority who infiltrated the peaceful protests and perpetrated violence; notes with alarm the Colombian Government’s order to militarise the cities and urges them instead to enter into a meaningful dialogue with the protest organisers to address their legitimate grievances; calls on the Government to review its training of the Colombian Police, suspend the sale of riot control materials and review all other arms exports to Colombia in light of the current situation; and further calls on the Government as pen holders for the Colombian peace process at the UN Security Council to promote substantive reform of the Colombian security services and full implementation of the Peace Accord.


7Regularisation of undocumented migrants

Tabled: 11/05/21 Signatories: 29

Bell Ribeiro-Addy

Tahir Ali

Jim Shannon

Stephen Farry

Claudia Webbe

Caroline Lucas

Stewart Malcolm McDonaldMs Diane AbbottAnne McLaughlinAndy SlaughterAlison ThewlissAlyn Smith

That this House recognises that there are many barriers that prevent people from accessing and maintaining stable immigration status even when they were either born in the UK or have lived in the UK for many years; further recognises that the majority of undocumented migrants have lost their status through no fault of their own, including through an inability to pay application fees, lack of access to legal advice, mistakes on the part of decision-makers and complexity of immigration rules; understands that the harm done to individuals through hostile immigration policies extends to family members and the communities that they are part of; notes that the UK has one of the most complex and expensive routes to regularisation in Europe; further notes that all current routes to regularisation and settlement are far too long, complicated and inflexible, leaving people with no options but to live undocumented; understands that migrants who do not have access to the public safety net or the right to work are vulnerable to exploitation and; and calls on the Government to support recommendations made by Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants in its report, We Are Here: routes to regularisation for the UK's undocumented population, published in April 2021 by introducing new routes to regularisation and removing barriers which cause migrants to become undocumented.


17NHS privatisation

Tabled: 11/05/21 Signatories: 27

Jon Trickett

Tahir Ali

Andrew Gwynne

Kenny MacAskill

Navendu Mishra

Claudia Webbe

Ms Diane AbbottAndy Slaughter

That this House expresses dismay at the Government’s White Paper, The Future of Health and Care, published on 11 February 2021 which rubber stamps the US care models for the UK; notes that the Bill is a Trojan horse for deregulated privatisation and that language on integrated care championed by private health corporations is really about incentivising a reduction away from comprehensive universal provision, the NHS’ very founding principles; further notes the Bill's only purpose is to expand private healthcare and that £113 billion has already been handed to non-NHS providers since 2010, mostly to profiteers; believes that removing competition regulation will worsen the cronyism that has taken place during the covid-19 outbreak and further hastens NHS privatisation by removing the requirement to open tender, allowing integrated care organisations to make unregulated mergers, closures and acquisitions as in the US; is concerned that the Bill will lead to the erosion of the NHS, fuelling the growth of a private health insurance industry, thus creating a two-tiered system which will accelerate health inequality; recognises that anything less than complete healthcare renationalisation is unacceptable; and welcomes the work of grassroots campaigners to raise awareness of such threats to the NHS.


18Novus prison education strike

Tabled: 11/05/21 Signatories: 23

Zarah Sultana

Jeremy Corbyn

Liz Saville Roberts

John McDonnell

Apsana Begum

Richard Burgon

Ms Diane Abbott

That this House notes that the University and College Union (UCU) is involved in a protracted dispute with prison education provider Novus over inadequate covid-safety measures with members at 49 prisons and young offenders institutions taking strike action starting on Tuesday 11 May 2021; is alarmed by reports of intimidation of health and safety representatives by Novus, covert recordings of private union meetings and fake social media accounts set up to discredit UCU; believes that the root cause of the dispute is the confrontational attitude adopted by Novus towards UCU, which stands in stark contrast to the approach taken by other prison education providers throughout the covid-19 outbreak; and calls for Government pressure on Novus to drop its hostility to UCU and to enter into good-faith negotiations to resolve the dispute as a matter of urgency.


19Ban on trade in trophy hunting memorabilia

Tabled: 12/05/21 Signatories: 16

John Spellar

Sir Mike Penning

Wera Hobhouse

Margaret Ferrier

Christine Jardine

Navendu Mishra

Emma Hardy

That this House recognises the negative effect of the continued importation, sale and distribution of animal carcasses and body parts such as the head, hide or horns obtained through trophy hunting on the conservation efforts of endangered wildlife; highlights that the importation of trophies contributes to the decline of animal populations especially various species of big cat; notes that the link between the trade of trophies and illegal activities such as forgery of fraudulent licenses, money laundering and corruption and calls on the Government to make it a criminal offence to trade in trophy hunting memorabilia.


21Cassiltoun Housing Association winners of Social Housing Association Walking Champion award

Tabled: 12/05/21 Signatories: 6

Stewart Malcolm McDonald

Marion Fellows

Jim Shannon

Carol Monaghan

Chris Law

Alison Thewliss

That this House congratulates Cassiltoun Housing Association for winning the Social Housing Association Walking Champion at the Scottish Walking Awards 2021; commends the work of Cassiltoun Housing Association for its Castlemilk Park Project that has been recognised in this award; and thanks Cassiltoun Housing Association, all Castlemilk Park Volunteers and Scottish Forestry for all their support.


22ME Awareness Week 2021

Tabled: 12/05/21 Signatories: 15

Carol Monaghan

Sir Mike Penning

Wera Hobhouse

Margaret Ferrier

Marion Fellows

Christine Jardine

Chris LawAlison Thewliss

That this House recognises Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) Awareness Week, from 10 to 16 May 2021, which aims to highlight the impact this condition has on approximately 250,000 people across the UK; commends the endless dedication of campaigners and charities working to raise awareness of ME as a serious and debilitating neurological condition; welcomes the recent publication of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence revised draft guidance on ME which has acknowledged that graded exercise therapy is harmful for people with ME and should not be offered as a treatment for the condition; and calls on the UK Government to take urgent and significant steps to improve health and social care provision for people with ME.


236th UN Road Safety Week

Tabled: 12/05/21 Signatories: 13

Mr Barry Sheerman

Sir Mike Penning

Claudia Webbe

Debbie Abrahams

Wera Hobhouse

Jim Shannon

Tonia AntoniazziAlison Thewliss

That this House welcomes the 6th UN Global Road Safety Week from 17 to 23 May 2021; notes that more than 1.3 million people die on the world’s roads every year and that road traffic collisions are the leading cause of death for young people across the world; also notes that 1,800 people are killed and 35,000 are seriously injured on the roads in the UK each year, at a cost to society officially estimated at £35 billion; further welcomes the ambitious target of the UN General Assembly resolution 74/299, passed in August 2020, to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries by at least 50 per cent by 2030; further welcomes the endorsement by the Government of that target; acknowledges the campaign to make 20 miles per hour speed limits the norm for cities worldwide in places where people mix with traffic; recognises that 20 miles per hour speed limits contribute to making cities safe, clean and healthy, supporting progress towards a number of the UN Sustainable Development Goals; and urges the Government to set national targets to reduce road causalities in line with the global target, and to produce a national strategy to achieve those targets


24Unrest and human rights violations in Colombia

Tabled: 12/05/21 Signatories: 12

Patricia Gibson

Brendan O'Hara

Jim Shannon

Colum Eastwood

Jonathan Edwards

Neale Hanvey

Chris LawAlison Thewliss

That this House is deeply shocked and concerned about reports of significant human rights violations in Colombia and violent repression of nationwide demonstrations by Colombian authorities; understands that protests began on 28 April 2021 in response to a tax bill presented by President Ivan Duque; notes with concern reports that the country’s riot police has responded to protestors with excessive force; is disturbed to learn of the deaths of dozens of people with hundreds more injured in recent unrest; has ongoing concerns about the worrying reports of the use by state authorities of arbitrary detention, acts of torture, sexual violence and forced disappearances; understands that human rights defenders have been harassed and threatened, while union leaders and indigenous activists have been targeted by authorities; calls on the Colombian Government to immediately stop the violent and militarised response to protests and to ensure that human rights, including the right to life, the right to free expression and the right to freedom of peaceful assembly are upheld; and calls on the UK Government to exert all diplomatic pressure to help ensure that the situation in Colombia reaches a peaceful resolution and human rights are upheld.


27Kashmir

Tabled: 12/05/21 Signatories: 14

Debbie Abrahams

John Spellar

Brendan O'Hara

Andrew Gwynne

Jim Shannon

Kate Hollern

Paul BlomfieldAlison Thewliss

That this House affirms that UK foreign policy should promote human rights internationally; expresses concern regarding the long-standing conflict between India and Pakistan both nuclear powers, which makes Kashmir the number one security concern in the world; notes the recent conflict between India and China which exacerbates that concern; states that the 2018 and 2019 Report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the revocation in August 2019 of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, the recent Amnesty International Annual Report and continuing reports of human rights abuses, restrictions to communications, peaceful dissent and key freedoms, are a cause for alarm particularly at a time when governments are responding to the covid-19 pandemic; and therefore urges both the Indian and Pakistani governments to enter into dialogue for the development of a sustainable peace and reconciliation with the Kashmiri people at the heart of this peace process; and further calls on the UK Government in collaboration with the UN, the Commonwealth and wider international community, to provide the necessary support to enable that peace process to happen.


29Ban on advertising of free bets

Tabled: 12/05/21 Signatories: 8

Sir Mike Penning

Jim Shannon

Jonathan Edwards

Paula Barker

John McDonnell

Carol Monaghan

Navendu MishraIan Mearns

That this House believes that free bets offered by gambling companies are designed to lock and trap people into gambling as a result of the requirement to provide deposit cash, bank and credit card details and personal details to gain access to those bets; notes that the advertising of free bets encourages people who are addicted to gambling or who cannot afford to gamble; and calls on the Government to implement a ban on the advertising of free bets, and the repetitive pop-up targeting of free bet advertisements online as a matter of urgency.


31Giving every child the best start in life

Tabled: 12/05/21 Signatories: 9

Wera Hobhouse

Jim Shannon

Dr Lisa Cameron

Christine Jardine

Andrew Gwynne

Mohammad Yasin

Sir Desmond Swayne

That this House notes the work of WAVE Trust and its 70/30 campaign to reduce levels of child abuse, neglect and domestic abuse by 70 per cent by 2030; further notes that over two-thirds of this House have endorsed that campaign, including a majority from all parties; recognises the role that Adverse Childhood Experiences play in the entrenchment of intergenerational health and income inequalities and the loss of over £20 billion per year to the UK economy; welcomes the publication of the Early Years Review; and calls on the Government to adopt a comprehensive early years’ strategy to prevent harm to children before it happens, ensuring that all parents are supported to give children the best possible start in life.


35Securing the future of football in England

Tabled: 12/05/21 Signatories: 32

Kate Osborne

Clive Lewis

Apsana Begum

Bell Ribeiro-Addy

Zarah Sultana

Jeremy Corbyn

Mrs Emma Lewell-BuckJon TrickettEmma HardyGrahame Morris

That this House welcomes the Government-initiated fan-led review of football governance, but insists that it is used as an opportunity to rebalance the current ownership structure in the favour of match-going supporters; notes that it is imperative that the review must be genuinely fan-led as the Government has promised, with accredited supporters’ trusts at the forefront; believes that supporters must be empowered with an immediate 50 per cent plus one share law, that would require all Premier League and English Football League clubs to secure a 51 per cent majority of their registered season ticket holders on any decision that fundamentally affects the club’s identity or future; acknowledges that a move towards supporter ownership of clubs cannot be achieved overnight, and that the Government and the game’s authorities need to adopt that as the long-term direction by creating a legislative framework to support it; believes that accredited football supporters’ trusts should have the power to be able to appoint and remove at least two club directors and be given first refusal on purchasing shares when clubs change hands; further notes that the only way to secure the overall health of English football is for the Government to ensure that there is an independent financial regulator for all professional leagues and clubs; notes that the sad demise of several much-loved football league clubs over recent years highlights the inadequacy of the current arrangements; and calls on the Government and the game’s authorities to ensure the suitability of those who seek to take ownership of football clubs.


36Campaign for a 15 per cent pay rise for all healthcare workers

Tabled: 12/05/21 Signatories: 12

Jon Trickett

Kate Osborne

Claudia Webbe

Navendu Mishra

Colum Eastwood

Ian Mearns

Ms Diane Abbott

That this House expresses its gratitude to all health care workers for the the work they have done throughout the pandemic; recognises their heroic and selfless actions have put their own health at risk in order to help others; remembers the more than 1000 healthcare workers who have died from covid-19; notes that NHS workers have suffered real terms pay cuts of up to 30 per cent since 2010; further notes the Government’s offer of a derisory one per cent pay rise to healthcare workers announced in the Budget on 3 March; believes the proposed one per cent pay rise is an insult to healthcare workers and that their service to the nation should be recognised properly with a fair pay rise of 15 per cent; recognises that anything less than a five per cent pay rise is in effect a real terms cut; welcomes the Every Doctor and Nurses United UK campaign for a fair deal for healthcare workers; and calls on the Government to give all healthcare workers a 15 per cent pay increase.


37Recognition of Armenian massacres as genocide

Tabled: 12/05/21 Signatories: 8

John Spellar

Navendu Mishra

Jim Shannon

Colum Eastwood

Jonathan Edwards

Carol Monaghan

Ian Mearns

That this House welcomes US President Biden's formal recognition of the extermination of over one million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915 as genocide; and calls on the Government to issue a similar recognition.


38Paid miscarriage leave

Tabled: 13/05/21 Signatories: 11

Angela Crawley

Marion Fellows

Neale Hanvey

Jonathan Edwards

Paula Barker

John McDonnell

Andrew GwynneChris LawAlison ThewlissJon Trickett

That this House calls on the Government to introduce paid miscarriage leave; notes that, in the UK, two weeks parental bereavement leave and pay is in place after stillbirth, however there is no such support for anyone who has experienced a miscarriage before 24 weeks of pregnancy; believes that miscarriage is an extremely traumatic experience and that more support should be provided to families that experience such a loss; understands that New Zealand’s parliament unanimously approved legislation to give people who experience a miscarriage paid leave, no matter what stage a loss of pregnancy occurs; and further believes that the Government should follow suit and provide paid leave for people that experience miscarriage and allow families to grieve for their profound loss.


39Mental Health Awareness Week: supporting the social care workforce

Tabled: 13/05/21 Signatories: 12

Olivia Blake

Mohammad Yasin

Paula Barker

Clive Lewis

Tony Lloyd

John McDonnell

Jon TrickettAndrew GwynneNavendu MishraDebbie AbrahamsMick Whitley

That this House notes the findings published by Hft as part of its annual Sector Pulse Check research that 62 per cent of social care providers have seen an increase in absence relating to mental health among their workforce over the past year; encourages the Government to recognise the efforts of social care staff through specific funding to provide mental health support for that group, not only in response to the pressures of working during the covid-19 outbreak, but as a long-term commitment to meet their needs; considers it vital that in order to achieve this, the social care sector urgently needs a fair and long-term funding settlement; urges the Government to set out clear actions that it will take in response to this; and commends the work of Hft and others in highlighting this issue.


40Lunch Club for People Living with Dementia

Tabled: 13/05/21 Signatories: 3

Kirsten Oswald

Carol Monaghan

Chris Law

That this House applauds the fantastic work of the Trustees of Mearns Kirk Helping Hands in the creation and support for the Lunch Club for People Living with Dementia which meets in Mearns Kirk Halls in Newton Mearns and offers a short respite for carers who are able to take valuable time out for themselves; recognises that the club aims to offer a friendly, safe and stimulating environment for people diagnosed with dementia, where they can share lunch and afternoon tea and participate in activities, such as crafting or games, designed to encourage participation and engagement with others, and to enjoy entertainments, usually musical, that allow members to take part in a way that suits them, and also to undertake trips to favourite seaside towns or local places of interest; notes that the club has adapted to the restrictions imposed during the covid-19 outbreak by moving its activities online so that members can still meet and engage with others, and records its best wishes to club leader, Isobel Dawson, and her fellow volunteers for when the club is able to return to normal operation and to assist more people living with dementia.


41Jallianwala Bagh Massacre of 1919

Tabled: 13/05/21 Signatories: 7

Mr Virendra Sharma

Mohammad Yasin

Carol Monaghan

Navendu Mishra

Mick Whitley

Kim Johnson

Alison Thewliss

That this House recognises the importance of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre of 1919 for its importance as a turning point in the history of the Raj and British Empire in India; notes that the centenary of this event in 2019 was significantly marked in India and still affects relations with the UK; further recognises that the former Prime Minister, David Cameron, referred to the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre as a deeply shameful act; further notes that this event does not represent modern British values; urges the Government to ensure that British children are taught about this shameful period and that modern British values welcome the right to peaceful protest; and further urges the Government formally to apologise in the House and inaugurate a memorial day to commemorate this event.


42Congratulating Hebburn Town Football Club FA Vase winners

Tabled: 13/05/21 Signatories: 5

Kate Osborne

Mary Kelly Foy

Ian Mearns

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

Ian Lavery

That this House warmly congratulates Hebburn Town Football Club from the Northern League on the outstanding achievement of winning the 2020 FA Vase for the first time in their 109 year history after Olly Martin's late winner settled a thrilling final against Consett at Wembley Stadium on Monday 3 May 2021; notes that this success is the culmination of many years of hard work and commitment both on and off the pitch and much praise should go to the owners, players, coaches, officials, management committee and supporters; acknowledges that while the Club’s supporters were not able to witness the victory in person, the Club received tremendous support on their return from people living in the town of Hebburn and the wider South Tyneside area; and wishes the Club, its supporters and everyone connected to Hebburn Town FC a successful future on and off the pitch.