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Early Day Motions

Published: Tuesday 7 December 2021

Early Day Motions tabled on Monday 6 December 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

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New EDMs

737Recognising the service of House of Commons staff member Will Conway

Tabled: 6/12/21 Signatories: 1

Charlotte Nichols

That this House wholeheartedly thanks Will Conway for his 28 years of service as a member of House of Commons staff; offers gratitude for his over two decades of service as the Branch Secretary of the GMB Union representing House of Commons staff; thanks him for his support and assistance in organising the GMB Members' and Peers' Staff Branch that was formally recognised by the Parliamentary Labour Party in 2018; thanks him for the numerous trade union representatives he has trained and supported; notes his work in roles across the estate and parliamentary community, particularly in Bellamy's and Strangers' Bar; and wishes him a happy and relaxing retirement.


738Linlithgow Black Bitch

Tabled: 6/12/21 Signatories: 6

Martyn Day

John McNally

Marion Fellows

Carol Monaghan

Dave Doogan

Douglas Chapman

That this House supports the rich traditions, local customs and heritage found throughout these islands and beyond, such as the Linlithgow Black Bitch; notes that in Linlithgow the local custom of describing locals as Black Bitches is based on the heroic greyhound who fed her master when he was incarcerated on an island in the middle of a loch with no food and water, before the dog was subsequently given the same punishment; further notes that the dog’s loyalty, determination and grit was respected in Linlithgow by naming Linlithgow people Black Bitches as a mark of honour; acknowledges that the Black Bitch has been depicted on Linlithgow’s ancient burgh seal as far back as 1296 and in the Royal Seal that marked the town’s status as a Royal Burgh; recognises that Black Bitch imagery and artwork is featured throughout the town, including on schools’ badges, local magazines, buildings, and a recent statue that stands in the High Street alongside a plaque that explains its history; further notes that Linlithgow’s oldest public house is named the Black Bitch Tavern, which is recognised far and wide as a well-run and friendly hostelry; and calls on the brewing conglomerate Greene King to abandon plans to change the name of the tavern in a misguided attempt at virtue signalling, and instead recognise the nation’s history and culture.


739Gia’s of Shettleston

Tabled: 6/12/21 Signatories: 1

David Linden

That this House congratulates Glasgow East eatery Gia’s on its recent success at the 8th annual Scottish Italian Awards; recognises that Gia’s was awarded commendations as a highly recommended establishment in the Scotland's Best Family Friendly Restaurant category and in the Scottish Barista Champion category; warmly welcomes the success of this family business since it moved to its new location in Shettleston in 2019, having firmly established itself as a popular spot with East End localsand wishes Gia’s every continued success in 2022 and beyond.


740Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and labour law reforms in Ukraine

Tabled: 6/12/21 Signatories: 1

John McDonnell

That this House notes leaked documents published by the European Public Service Unions reportedly showing that the Government, via the British Embassy Kyiv and UKaid, is funding communications consultants Abt Associated to assist efforts to negatively reform the employment laws in Ukraine; further notes that the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is also funding a labour regulation project in Ukraine to support such changes; and expresses concern that the changes set out in draft Ukrainian laws 5388 and 537 will remove 80 per cent of Ukrainian employees from existing protections and undermine trade union rights, and stand condemned as an infringement of international labour standards by Ukrainian trade unions and undermines efforts of the International Labour Organisation in Ukraine.


741Scottish Women's Premier League Cup Final 2021

Tabled: 6/12/21 Signatories: 9

Patrick Grady

Amy Callaghan

Gavin Newlands

Chris Stephens

Steven Bonnar

Kirsten Oswald

Dr Philippa WhitfordAlison ThewlissStuart C McDonald

That this House congratulates Celtic Football Club's Women's Team on their success in the 2021 Scottish Women's Premier League Cup Final against Glasgow City, played at Firhill Stadium in Glasgow on Sunday 5 December 2021; notes that this is the first silverware for the team since 2010, and the first since that year not be won by either Glasgow City or Hibernian; believes that the record attendance of 3,645 indicates a growing interest in the women's game; further notes that the match took place 100 years to the day on which the Football Association in England announced an effective ban on women's football which had a chilling effect on the game across the UK, and remained in place for 50 years; notes that various events and exhibitions have been planned to mark this anniversary, and looks forward to interest in the game continuing to grow, and the future success of national and local teams across the country.


742Consequentials for Scotland and the Culture Recovery Fund

Tabled: 6/12/21 Signatories: 1

Patricia Gibson

That this House welcomes the Government’s £300 million uplift to the Culture Recovery Fund, set up to tackle the crisis facing the culture sector as a result of the covid-19 pandemic; recognises that the Fund was designed to assist a sector devastated by the essential public health measures, and further excluded from Government covid-19 support schemes such as the furlough scheme, due to the freelance nature of many of those working within it; acknowledges that devolved Administrations expected to receive a consequential share of this fund to ensure support for the sector’s recovery across the UK; is concerned by recent reports that only a fraction of the funding promised to the devolved Administrations has been distributed, with only £9 million of an anticipated £40 million boost being delivered to the Scottish Government to support its efforts to fund the recovery of the sector in Scotland; notes that, despite this, the Scottish Government has made available £25 million to support recovery in the culture sector in Scotland; and urges the Government to deliver consequential funding to the devolved Administrations, in full, as a matter of urgency.


743Death of Priyantha Diyawadanage

Tabled: 6/12/21 Signatories: 4

Jim Shannon

Carla Lockhart

Gavin Robinson

Sir Jeffrey M Donaldson

That this House deplores the brutal murder of Priyantha Diyawadanage, a Sri Lankan national, who was tortured to death and whose body was then burnt on 3 November 2021 in Sialkot, Pakistan; urges the Pakistan authorities to launch a full investigation into the death; believes the antiquated presence of blasphemy laws fuels discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief; urges the Government to encourage other Government's to repeal blasphemy laws and condemn civilian violence inspired by accusations of blasphemy; and calls on the Government to raise this horrific case with Pakistan’s highest authorities.


744Continuing incidences of sporadic violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia

Tabled: 6/12/21 Signatories: 5

Jim Shannon

Carla Lockhart

Sammy Wilson

Sir Jeffrey M Donaldson

Gavin Robinson

That this House expresses deep concern that despite the November 2020 ceasefire between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the Nagorno-Karabakh region there are continuing incidences of sporadic violence on an ongoing basis; expresses concern for the Armenian prisoners of war and civilians still unlawfully held by Azerbaijani forces; expresses further concern regarding the scale and prevalence of hate speech and ethnic profiling in that region; states the need to ensure access for humanitarian aid and human rights investigators; calls for the release of unlawfully held prisoners and a cessation of hate speech; and echoes the United Nations and the EU calls for both sides to respect the ceasefire and secure a lasting peace.


745Lavender Drive Christmas lights

Tabled: 6/12/21 Signatories: 1

Kirsten Oswald

That this House commends the big hearts and thoughtfulness of the residents of Lavender Drive, East Renfrewshire, dubbed Scotland’s most festive street after residents switched on a street-long Christmas display that has transformed the street into a winter wonderland to raise money for cancer research and support; notes that the idea for the festive initiative came during the 2020 lockdown when local resident, father of two Fred Banning, was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer; recalls that Mr Banning’s plea to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation for those living with a terminal diagnosis and their immediate family members to be a high priority for the administration of the covid-19 vaccine was highlighted in EDM 1260; further notes that by asking for donations from those who came to see the spectacular light show last Christmas, the street’s residents raised more than £5500 for the Beatson Cancer Charity, and backs the residents in their desire to collect even more money this Christmas for Cancer Research UK.


746Food insecurity

Tabled: 6/12/21 Signatories: 15

Ian Byrne

John McDonnell

Beth Winter

Bell Ribeiro-Addy

Barry Gardiner

Dan Carden

Apsana BegumDame Angela EagleRichard BurgonKate OsborneMary Kelly FoyKate HollernTony LloydIan MearnsIan Lavery

That this House recognises the horrific levels of food insecurity in the UK being experienced by approximately 11 million people; acknowledges the profound and devastating consequences of food insecurity on the health, wellbeing and livelihoods of people in our communities; notes with concern that the need for emergency food parcels remains well above pre-pandemic levels; further recognises that, as per Trussell Trust figures, food parcels given to children have increased at double the rate for adults compared to pre-pandemic levels; agrees that the Government has a duty to ensure nobody in our communities goes hungry; asserts that the Government’s duty should be reflected in legislation and that the right to food should be enshrined in UK law; recognises the many councils across the country that have declared themselves right to food cities and towns; recognises that the Trade Union Congress 2021 passed a motion calling for the right to food to be enshrined in law; recognises that the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has recommended the Government urgently consult on a legal right to food; calls on the Government to include the right to food in its White Paper in response to the National Food Strategy recommendations; and notes that the White Paper is due in early 2022.


747Government funding plans for Transport for London

Tabled: 6/12/21 Signatories: 9

Dawn Butler

Marsha De Cordova

Dr Rupa Huq

Bell Ribeiro-Addy

John Cryer

Barry Gardiner

John McDonnellApsana BegumJeremy Corbyn

That this House is concerned with the current Government funding plans for Transport for London; believes that a short term deal or reduction in funding could threaten London’s recovery and the potential long term effects could be devastating; recognises the vital role that Transport for London has to not just the economic prosperity of London and surrounding regions; calls on the Government to ensure that safe, reliable, inclusive, affordable and frequent bus, train and Tube services can increase as London recovers; further calls on the Government to recognise the important role that Transport for London plays in achieving net zero and clean air targets and in funding programmes such as cycle proficiency across the capital; and calls on the Government to secure long term funding and maintain Transport for London as an integrated transport authority with independence to make operational decisions and renewals investment.

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.

679Murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher

Tabled: 22/11/21 Signatories: 14

Allan Dorans

Jim Shannon

Ms Anum Qaisar

Chris Stephens

Sir Mike Penning

Margaret Ferrier

Geraint DaviesAlison ThewlissChris Law

That this House recalls that on 17 April 1984, WPC Yvonne Fletcher, aged 25, was shot in the back and murdered from inside the Libyan Embassy while policing a political demonstration; notes that no one has ever been charged in connection with her death, despite there being an individual identified as Saleh Mabrouk suspected of involvement in her murder; further notes that in 2017 the Government refused to allow the release of certain evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service, on the grounds of national security which would potentially have allowed Mr Mabrouk to be prosecuted in a criminal court; notes that former police officer John Murray, who was with Yvonne when she was murdered, and to whom he pledged that he would bring those responsible to justice, has campaigned relentlessly for justice for Yvonne for 37 years and on 16 November 2021, won an outstanding victory at the Royal Courts of Justice; notes the judgment delivered by the Hon. Mr Justice Martin Spencer determined that Mr Mabrouk, together with others, was jointly responsible for Yvonne’s death; further notes that it is shameful that the Government has not in any way assisted or supported Mr Murray in his campaign for justice for Yvonne; and calls for an inquiry into why the evidence was withheld from the CPS in 2017 and a review of the previously withheld evidence as to whether it can now be safely released with a view to considering a prosecution of Mr Mabrouk in a criminal court.


683Disability inclusive employment strategy

Tabled: 22/11/21 Signatories: 27

Wera Hobhouse

Jim Shannon

Andrew Gwynne

Carla Lockhart

Paula Barker

Hywel Williams

Ed DaveyChristine Jardine

That this House expresses concern that the covid-19 pandemic is still disproportionately affecting the financial security and working status of disabled people across the UK; highlights the recent report by the charity Leonard Cheshire, which found that 69 per cent of disabled people have had their work impacted by the pandemic, rising to 89 per cent among disabled 18-24 year olds; expresses further concern at Leonard Cheshire's findings about employer attitudes, which show that 1 in 5 employers are less likely to hire a disabled person; believes that disabled people must not be left behind as the UK rebuilds from the pandemic; and calls on the Government to increase efforts to support disabled people by adopting Leonard Cheshire’s recommendations, including dedicated employment support for disabled jobseekers, promotion of Access to Work to employers and employees and introducing mandatory reporting for large employers on their performance in employing disabled people.


689Rearo's 30th anniversary

Tabled: 23/11/21 Signatories: 6

Chris Stephens

Margaret Ferrier

Allan Dorans

Jim Shannon

Marion Fellows

Alison Thewliss

That this House congratulates Rearo Laminates, an independent family business, who specialise in the manufacturing of laminate surfaces for the domestic and commercial market, headquartered in Govan in the Glasgow South West constituency, on celebrating their 30th anniversary in November 2021; notes that the company went from modest beginnings in 1991 and has grown to have more than 100 workers across sites in Govan, Fife, Lerwick, Washington and Northampton; recognises the success of Rearo’s apprenticeship programme, providing vital apprenticeships which have benefitted many, for which they won the Scottish Apprenticeship Award in 2018 for equality and diversity; supports their ambitious growth plans with a £500,000 investment in transforming production processes and working practices, developing new products and embedding a commitment to customer service across the company; and wishes all the management and staff at Rearo continued success as they move into the fourth decade in business.


690Govan Housing Association's 50th anniversary

Tabled: 23/11/21 Signatories: 6

Chris Stephens

Allan Dorans

Stewart Malcolm McDonald

Jim Shannon

Marion Fellows

Alison Thewliss

That this House congratulates Govan Housing Association as it celebrates its momentous 50th anniversary; recognises that, when founded in 1971 under the name Central Govan Housing Association, it was the first community-based housing provider, leading the way for social housing provision in Scotland; notes that Govan Housing Association has a rich history of development and innovation, initially set up to carry out rehabilitation of 212 tenement flats in Taransay Street in Govan; further notes that Govan Housing Association now has ownership and management of over 1600 properties in the local area, including many award-winning new build developments that have assisted with the continual regeneration of Govan; proudly acknowledges Govan Housing Association’s rich history of pioneering housing achievements; and wishes it, all its staff and its tenants and the wider community involved with it, all the best for the future.


693Barclays bank branch closure in Caernarfon

Tabled: 25/11/21 Signatories: 5

Hywel Williams

Ben Lake

Liz Saville Roberts

John McDonnell

Chris Stephens

That this House regrets the decision of Barclays to announce further high street closures, including Porthmadog and Caernarfon branches; recognises that communities and charities rely on high street banks and that 30 per cent of people in Wales want to be able to access a bank branch regularly; notes that 7.5 per cent of people in rural Wales are more than 16 kilometres from their closest bank; welcomes the Welsh Government’s announcement to establish a Community Bank of Wales and Banc Cambria’s intention to open high street branches in Wales, and calls on the UK Government to support the establishment of these banks.


69416 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence 2021

Tabled: 25/11/21 Signatories: 14

Owen Thompson [R]

Marion Fellows

Hywel Williams

Ben Lake

Liz Saville Roberts

Wera Hobhouse

Alison Thewliss

That this House notes that 25 November 2021 marks the first day of 2021’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence; further notes that 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign beginning on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, that was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership; acknowledges that this year’s global campaign theme Orange the World: end violence against women now!, which will advocate for long-term strategies, amplify success stories, and promote the leadership of women and girls; supports those organisations and individuals around the world who use the campaign as an organising strategy to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls; recognises the stellar work done in Scotland towards this same goal by White Ribbon Scotland engaging with men and boys to end violence against women, particularly in seeking to prevent violence before it happens; calls on all men to take White Ribbon’s promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women; praises groups such as Women's Aid East and Midlothian, as well as others across the country, who are doing a wealth of work to support women who are affected by violence against women; and notes that nearly 1 in 3 women aged 15 years and older around the world have been subjected to physical or sexual violence by an intimate


69560 years of St Columba's Scottish country dancing class

Tabled: 25/11/21 Signatories: 8

Peter Grant

Marion Fellows

Allan Dorans

Douglas Chapman

Jim Shannon

Chris Stephens

Alison Thewliss

That this House congratulates the participants, past and present, of St Columba’s Scottish Country Dancing class in Glenrothes on their 60th year serving the local community through the hosting of Scottish Country Dancing classes; recognises the leadership of RSCDS qualified teachers Lesley Shand and Lorna Sim and previously Nancy Duncan and thanks them for their contributions; notes that Lesley had a passion for teaching young people and combined this by leading one adult and two children’s Scottish Country Dancing classes for over 30 years; further notes that Lesley inspired her daughter, Lorna Sim, to teach also; recognises that the class has been indebted throughout the years to the support of those attending and participating in the running of the class and that their thanks is highlighted to St Columba’s Church, Glenrothes and the Kirk Session, Ministers and volunteers who have accommodated them over the years; and congratulates all involved for the goodwill and positive collective approach within the class, and by those leading, which has helped to realise the vision that Scottish Country Dancing ought to be accessible for all, in order for it to remain a popular and sociable past time.


696Red Wednesday campaign

Tabled: 25/11/21 Signatories: 10

Dr Lisa Cameron

Marion Fellows

Allan Dorans

Jim Shannon

Dave Doogan

Chris Stephens

Alison Thewliss

That this House marks Red Wednesday, an annual day when persecution against Christians and other religious minorities is highlighted; supports the launch of Hear Her Cries, a report by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need that investigates the abduction, rape, forced conversion and forced marriage of Christian women and girls; implores the Government and the UN to take more effective steps to tackle this issue in line with the petition organised by ACN; highlights to the Home Office the case of Maira Shahbaz, a Pakistan Christian who was raped and forcibly converted aged 14; expresses sympathy for all those victims of religiously-motivated sexual violence; and supports a future whereby no-one is persecuted because of their religious beliefs.


697Football Index collapse

Tabled: 25/11/21 Signatories: 30

Sir George Howarth

Sir Mike Penning

Wera Hobhouse

Dr Rupa Huq

Clive Lewis

Kim Johnson

Alison ThewlissLayla Moran

That this House remains deeply concerned about the collapse of the betting firm Football Index in March 2021, following the suspension of the company’s licence by the Gambling Commission and its entry into administration; notes with concern that customers collectively have over £90 million in open stakes trapped in the platform, with average losses of around £3,000 per customer; further notes that shortly after the site’s management announced a cut in dividends of approximately 80 per cent, it suspended trading a few days afterwards, leading to a virtual market crash which caused significant losses for customers; notes with further concern that warnings about the firm operating like a pyramid scheme went unheeded; recognises the recommendations made by Michael Sheehan QC as part of his independent review; calls on the Government to implement his recommendations, specifically those that identified areas for improvement for the Gambling Commission and Financial Conduct Authority, including how they worked together, without delay, to ensure that a similar scandal does not happen again and; and further calls on the Government to do all that it can to ensure that those owed money receive full reimbursement.


699Turnbull High School Learning For Sustainability Community Award

Tabled: 29/11/21 Signatories: 7

Amy Callaghan

Jim Shannon

Chris Stephens

Margaret Ferrier

Allan Dorans

Marion Fellows

Chris Law

That this House congratulates Turnbull High School on winning the Learning For Sustainability Community Award presented by Education Scotland; understands this award recognises the achievements of schools which enable learners, educators, and wider communities to build a socially-just, sustainable and equitable society in the face of the climate emergency; notes Turnbull High School’s efforts in creating an effective approach to learning for sustainability which encourages sustainable development education and creates rewarding learning experiences; thanks Turnbull High School and its pupils for setting such a positive example for schools and the wider community across East Dunbartonshire; and looks forward to seeing what more they will achieve in the collective fight against climate change.


700BetterBriggs outstanding It's Your Neighbourhood report rating

Tabled: 29/11/21 Signatories: 7

Amy Callaghan

Jim Shannon

Chris Stephens

Margaret Ferrier

Allan Dorans

Marion Fellows

Chris Law

That this House congratulates local East Dunbartonshire charity, BetterBriggs, on achieving an outstanding rating in the It’s Your Neighbourhood writeup from the Keep Scotland Beautiful charity; understands BetterBriggs is a local community group consisting of residents who carry out community activities and events to make Bishopbriggs a happier and healthier place to live; notes that the group carry out a number of community projects and are working in partnership with local stakeholders to ensure everyone is involved in the regeneration of the town centre; recognises that their efforts in the community and promoting environmental responsibility contributed to their level 5 score in the It’s Your Neighbourhood writeup; thanks BetterBriggs for all the work they have done over the past year; and looks forward to seeing what more they will achieve for the community.


701Girvan and District Great War Project and Wildflower Memorial Garden

Tabled: 29/11/21 Signatories: 6

Allan Dorans

Jim Shannon

Chris Stephens

Margaret Ferrier

Marion Fellows

Chris Law

That this House recognises and congratulates Lorna and Ritchie Conaghan of the Girvan and District Great War Project established in 2013, which has researched, identified and recorded details of at least 600 servicemen from the local area who lost their lives during World War One and subsequent conflicts including a number who have previously not been commemorated on local war memorials, and those local men who lost their lives in the armed service of Commonwealth countries, including Australia and Canada; and further congratulates them on the creation and planting of the Wildflower Memorial Garden located at Hamilton Park in Girvan earlier this year, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Poppy, which has been was chosen by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Foundation as the winners of this years prestigious national Best In Bloom Wildflower Competition from a great number of entries across the United Kingdom.


702Retirement of Alastair MacGregor, Chief Executive of Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA)

Tabled: 29/11/21 Signatories: 7

Brendan O'Hara

Jim Shannon

David Linden

Chris Stephens

Allan Dorans

Marion Fellows

Chris Law

That this House conveys its most sincere thanks to Alastair MacGregor on his retirement following thirty one years of working in public sector housing, particularly his last seventeen years in which he served as Chief Executive of Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA); acknowledges the enormous contribution Alastair has made throughout his career to the community-based housing movement in Argyll and across Scotland as a whole, particularly in respect of community and tenancy empowerment; hugely appreciates the close working relationship that Alastair and his team at ACHA have nurtured over the years with all of Argyll & Bute’s elected members to help improve the lives of thousands of families throughout Argyll & Bute; and wishes Alastair many peaceful, relaxing and happy year tending his croft, or whatever he chooses to do.


704Scottish Comic Book Day 27 November 2021

Tabled: 29/11/21 Signatories: 9

Richard Thomson

Jim Shannon

Douglas Chapman

Dave Doogan

Chris Stephens

Allan Dorans

Christine JardineAlison Thewliss

This House notes that Scottish Comic Book Day was marked on 27 November 2021 celebrating comics, comic artwork and related media with a link to Scotland; understands that people from Scotland continue to be involved in the comic and graphic novel industry, including the film and televisual adaptions of those genres that are made by independent film producers and studios, such as Marvel Studios, DC Studios, Disney and Netflix; believes that the master of design course on Comics and Graphic novels that is offered by the University of Dundee is the only one of its type in the world; recognises this year is the 70th anniversary of the character, Dennis the Menace, in The Beano, which is the UK's longest running comic; acknowledges the importance of the creative sector to Scotland’s economy and the contribution of comics and graphic novels towards that; and congratulates #scottishcomicbookday and its organisers on a successful inaugural event.


705Safer ageing

Tabled: 29/11/21 Signatories: 12

Carla Lockhart

Jim Shannon

Christine Jardine

Stuart C McDonald

Charlotte Nichols

Claire Hanna

Alison ThewlissWera Hobhouse

That this House recognises the importance of Safer Ageing Week for promoting discussion about safer ageing; notes that in the UK there are an estimated 2.7 million people that have been a victim of abuse as an older person; further notes that safer ageing charity Hourglass receives 8000 calls to its helpline every year about older people suffering abuse and neglect; is concerned about the scale of the abuse and neglect of older people; and believes that more attention should be given to addressing these challenges and calls for safer ageing to be better embedded in policy making.


706Recognition of the life of Bertie Auld

Tabled: 29/11/21 Signatories: 20

Patrick Grady

Brendan O'Hara

Gavin Newlands

David Linden

Alison Thewliss

Amy Callaghan

Christine JardineAnne McLaughlinStewart Malcolm McDonaldCarol MonaghanChris Law

That this House celebrates the life of Celtic Football Club legend, and member of the European Cup winning ‘Lisbon Lions’ side, Bertie Auld, who sadly passed away on 14 November 2021; recalls that he spoke fondly of growing up in Glasgow’s Panmure Street where he played for local club Maryhill Harp, before signing for Celtic in 1955; notes that, after a loan spell at Dumbarton and four years at Birmingham City, where he won the English League Cup in 1963, he returned to Celtic in 1965 where he enjoyed incredible success, winning five League Championships, four League Cups, three Scottish Cups and two Glasgow Cups; recognises that the pinnacle of his achievements was winning the European Cup with Celtic in 1967 at the Estadio Nacional, where he famously led the team in a rendition of The Celtic Song in the tunnel before kick-off; acknowledges that, after finishing his playing career at Hibernian, he entered management in 1974, leading his boyhood favourites Partick Thistle, and latterly Hibernian, to Scottish First Division titles and promotion, alongside spells in charge of Hamilton Academical and Dumbarton; appreciates that, in his later years, he embraced his role as an ambassador for Celtic Football Club and, with great humour, storytelling and friendliness, became a beloved figure not just at Celtic but across Scottish football, and was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2009; and conveys sincere sympathy to Bertie’s family, his former teammates and all of the clubs with which he was associated.


708Republic of Barbados

Tabled: 30/11/21 Signatories: 11

Douglas Chapman

Jonathan Edwards

Neale Hanvey

Allan Dorans

Jim Shannon

Brendan O'Hara

Alison Thewliss

That this House welcomes the decision by the people of Barbados to become a republic and wishes the new president Dame Sandra Mason every success in developing Barbados as a successful, democratic and ambitious nation while still remembering and being aware of the island’s colonial history; and praises the citizens of Barbados for taking this step on the 55th anniversary of the nation’s independence from the United Kingdom.


709New Zealand Free Trade Agreement

Tabled: 30/11/21 Signatories: 16

Tim Farron

Layla Moran

Jamie Stone

Ed Davey

Mr Alistair Carmichael

Sarah Olney

Christine JardineWera Hobhouse

That this House notes the recent free trade agreement with New Zealand; expresses strong concern that imports from New Zealand will undercut the environmental, animal welfare and food safety standards of British beef, lamb and dairy farmers; acknowledges the Department for International Trade’s assessment that the estimated impact on GDP will be close to zero; notes that this will severely damage rural Britain, particularly in regions like Shropshire where one fifth of businesses are agricultural; further notes that Shropshire's total income from farming was £76 million in 2020, which was the lowest figure in ten years; asks that farmers across the country are properly consulted; further asks that MPs are given the time to adequately read, scrutinise and debate the agreement; and calls on the Government to bring forward a motion to Parliament on the negotiated trade deal.


711Launch of I Am Me's Keep Safe Kids app

Tabled: 30/11/21 Signatories: 9

Gavin Newlands

Jonathan Edwards

Allan Dorans

Marion Fellows

Jim Shannon

John McDonnell

Alison ThewlissChris LawChris Stephens

That this House welcomes the launch of the Keep Safe Kids app by the I Am Me charity; acknowledges that the app allows young people to report school bullying safely and anonymously and provides a range of information and support for young people; commends the work done by I Am Me since its launch in 2013 in challenging attitudes and behaviours so that disabled and vulnerable people can feel safe within their communities; congratulates the charity on its two wins at the recent ROCCO awards organised by Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, the Community Champion Award and Renfrewshire’s Favourite Business; and congratulates all the staff, volunteers and board members at I Am Me on their work over recent years.


712Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce ROCCO awards 2021

Tabled: 30/11/21 Signatories: 5

Gavin Newlands

Allan Dorans

Marion Fellows

Jim Shannon

Chris Law

That this House congratulates Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce on the ROCCO awards in 2021 celebrating businesses and organisations across Renfrewshire; notes the unprecedented challenges faced by businesses in Renfrewshire and elsewhere over the last 20 months during the covid-19 pandemic; applauds the support given by Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce and other local agencies to businesses over that period and for the future; congratulates the 14 companies, organisations and individuals who were successful in their respective categories; welcomes the fundraising at ROCCO events which has resulted in over £100,000 raised for local charities and organisations over the years, and looks forward to future ROCCO awards celebrating the best of Renfrewshire business in the years ahead.


713Closure of TSB branch in Angus

Tabled: 30/11/21 Signatories: 6

Dave Doogan

Allan Dorans

Marion Fellows

Jim Shannon

Alison Thewliss

Chris Law

That this House regrets the announcement by TSB that it intends to close its Forfar Branch and in so doing completely removes the TSB name from the county of Angus after previously closing Kirriemuir, Brechin, Montrose, Arbroath & Carnoustie TSB branches; notes that this once great banking institution has served communities across Scotland for generations, upholds the need to appropriately support approximately 20 per cent of customers who still require access to traditional physical banking services; highlights that the retention of the Forfar TSB branch was set out by TSB as a rationale and justification for closing the previous surrounding branches in Angus; and calls on the Bank to urgently reconsider this proposal and instead maintain its branch in Forfar in the interests of fairness and financial equity to its customers in Angus.


715World Aids Day

Tabled: 30/11/21 Signatories: 17

Jim Shannon

Carla Lockhart

Sir Jeffrey M Donaldson

Sammy Wilson

Andrew Gwynne

Jonathan Edwards

Christine JardineAlison ThewlissWera Hobhouse

That this House recognises World Aids Day on Wednesday 1 December; highlights the difficulty those with HIV/Aids face during the covid-19 pandemic at home and abroad; notes in particular the needs of countries like Eswatini who have the highest prevalence of HIV among adults aged 15 to 49 in the world at 27.2 per cent; and urges the Government to increase aid to provide assistance to those countries with high rates of HIV/Aids and low rates of covid-19 vaccination as a matter of urgency.


716Universal Credit reduction

Tabled: 30/11/21 Signatories: 30

Grahame Morris

Bell Ribeiro-Addy

Beth Winter

Ian Byrne

Navendu Mishra

Kate Osborne

Alison ThewlissMohammad YasinChris Stephens

That this House deplores the Government's punitive decision to remove the £20 per week Universal Credit uplift, which the Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimates leaves around 5.5 million families worse off by £1,040 per year and will push a further half a million people over the poverty line; deeply regrets that people have been plunged into greater financial jeopardy and, with energy prices surging, now face the Dickensian prospect of going either cold or hungry this Winter; shares the concern of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health that the cut to Universal Credit will increase the number of children who will be disadvantaged in terms of physical and mental health, safety, and wellbeing, and will deepen structural social and health inequalities; and therefore supports Unite Community's call for the Government to reverse its cruel and callous policy by reinstating the uplift and extending it to cover those on legacy benefits in order to relieve financial anxiety, food poverty and energy insecurity.


718Supporting Oban's bid for City Status

Tabled: 30/11/21 Signatories: 4

Brendan O'Hara

Allan Dorans

Ian Mearns

Alison Thewliss

That this House supports the town of Oban in its bid to achieve city status and become Scotland’s eighth city; notes Oban's strategically important position on Scotland’s beautiful west coast, connected to the rest of Scotland by a network of rail, air, road and ferry links; acknowledges the vitally important role the busy ferry port of Oban plays in being the Gateway to the Isles, providing a transit point for tens of thousands of islanders and tourists every year; recognises that as a university town, home to the world renowned Scottish Association for Marine Science and a campus for the University of the Highlands and Islands, Oban is at the forefront of pioneering aquaculture innovation and is a seat of learning for more than 1000 students; notes that with stunning scenery, some outstanding seafood outlets and a beautiful old whisky distillery in the very heart of the town, Oban is increasingly becoming a popular visitor destination; recognises that proportionally, Scotland has markedly fewer cities than the other three nations of the United Kingdom, and with a declining population in the western highlands, believes that being awarded city status will bring greater investment in to Oban and the Highlands and Islands and will help reverse the trend of declining population; and wishes the people of Oban the best of luck in their attempts to become Scotland's eighth city.


719The Creel Seafood Bar, Fionnphort, Isle of Mull

Tabled: 30/11/21 Signatories: 8

Brendan O'Hara

Allan Dorans

Marion Fellows

Ian Mearns

Jim Shannon

Patrick Grady

Alison ThewlissChris Law

That this House congratulates Siobhan Cameron, owner of The Creel Seafood Bar, Fionnphort Pier, Isle of Mull, on winning the Best Seafood Establishment in Scotland, at The Food Awards Scotland 2021; commends the hard work of manager, Niamh Cowan, and all the staff of the Creel Seafood Bar in contributing to this outstanding success; acknowledges that The Creel only has west coast seafood on its menu and it is this, along with the friendly welcome, which has been a contributing factor in its popularity among both locals, as well as visitors to Mull, Fionnphort and Iona; notes that The Creel was originally opened in 2014 by Siobhan’s mother, Alex, and her father, Andrew, and, had it not been for their hard work and determination to build the business in those early years, none of this success would have been possible; therefore thanks everyone involved with The Creel Seafood Bar, past and present, for what they have done to put this small corner of the Isle of Mull on the culinary map of Scotland and wishes them all the very best for the future.


721Recognition of Easthall Residents' Association

Tabled: 1/12/21 Signatories: 5

David Linden

Marion Fellows

Jim Shannon

Allan Dorans

Chris Law

That this House congratulates the Glenburn Centre in Easthall on being awarded the Frontline Leaders Award at the Great British Care Awards 2021; commends the dedicated team, led by Andy Gilbert, for achieving this award in recognition of the incredible work that they have done and continue to do every day; understands that contenders for this award not only operate across Scotland but the North East of England also; thanks all those who volunteer and work at the centre as well as Easthall Residents' Association for ensuring the continued success of the Glenburn Centre and providing an invaluable community resource for the people of Easthall; acknowledges that the Great British Care Awards aims to be a celebration of excellence across the care sector and pays tribute to individuals and organisations demonstrating outstanding excellence within their field of work; and wishes the team every success as they move on to the final awards which cover all of Britain.


724Treatment of outsourced security staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

Tabled: 1/12/21 Signatories: 13

Andy McDonald

Apsana Begum

Jeremy Corbyn

Mary Kelly Foy

Jon Trickett

John McDonnell

Wera Hobhouse

That this House notes with deep concern that security guards at the world-renowned Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, who have gone above and beyond during the covid-19 outbreak to keep the hospital safe and secure, are still outsourced to a private contractor, and not employed directly by the NHS, as other facilities workers are including cleaners, caterers and porters; is appalled that they are provided with far worse terms and conditions than other NHS workers and are the only group of workers who are denied full sick pay which is of particular concern during a global pandemic; is shocked that these key workers, nearly all of whom are from BAME and migrant backgrounds, have been left with no choice but to take strike action in order to win NHS terms and conditions; is further appalled that these workers have been left with no choice but to take the hospital to an employment tribunal in a group indirect race discrimination claim; and calls on the hospital to negotiate with these workers’ union United Voices of the World, and to bring these key workers into the direct employment of the NHS, giving them the full NHS contracts that they deserve.


725Support for small businesses

Tabled: 2/12/21 Signatories: 8

Kirsten Oswald

Hywel Williams

Ben Lake

Liz Saville Roberts

Allan Dorans

Marion Fellows

Chris LawChris Stephens

That this House recognises the tremendous pressures placed on businesses in the retail, leisure and hospitality sector over the period of the covid-19 pandemic; welcomes evidence that many businesses have sustained or improved their offer to customers as they welcome them back after such a lengthy disruption; notes that many trade and industry bodies continue to highlight examples of great businesses in this sector, including recent awards for F & M Hairdressers of Barrhead, Scottish winners for Best Salon Team of the year in this year’s Salon Awards, and Lucali by Andiamo and Toni’s, both of Giffnock, and Villaggio of Eaglesham, all of them Highly Recommended in the Scottish Italian Awards, and all of them great contributors to the community and economy of East Renfrewshire; further notes that Saturday 4 December 2021 is Small Business Saturday across the UK; and calls on all levels of government to support the small businesses whose development and success in the years ahead will be a vital factor in delivering a fairer and more sustainable post-pandemic and net-zero economy.


726Eastwood Refugee Aid

Tabled: 2/12/21 Signatories: 9

Kirsten Oswald

Hywel Williams

Ben Lake

John McDonnell

Liz Saville Roberts

Allan Dorans

Alison ThewlissChris LawChris Stephens

That this House calls on the UK Government to provide more effective support for those asylum seekers whose desperate plight is evidenced by the dangers and deprivations they are prepared to face in travelling to the UK; notes the commendable work of organisations such as Eastwood Refugee Aid, whose longstanding commitment to supporting refugees locally and overseas has made a significant different to many facing the most challenging of times; appreciates the significant direct support the group has provided via Convoys to Calais; acknowledges the huge community effort the group has spearheaded, including most recently working with local Scouts to assist in fundraising for an initiative designed to assist Afghan refugees; welcomes their initiative and cooperation with East Renfrewshire Council, which has resulted in them securing use of a local hub to enable donations and distribution to take place; thanks the group for their focus on practical support for those in peril overseas and for refugees settling in Scotland; notes the importance of this initiative to the local community; and considers that this tireless work to support asylum seekers and refugees expresses the best values of people across Scotland and the UK, in contrast to those who would prevent the rescue of asylum seekers from the perils of the sea or would push them back, including women and children, into continuing danger.


727Closure of TSB Denton branch

Tabled: 2/12/21 Signatories: 3

Andrew Gwynne

John McDonnell

Chris Stephens

That this House regrets the announcement by TSB that it intends to close a further 70 of it's branches and notes with concern that this represents a closure of a quarter of its network; highlights the planned closure of the TSB Denton branch and regrets that the closure will leave just one bank remaining in the town centre; recognises the importance of physical banking services and expresses concern at the lack of diverse access for customers to banking facilities; regrets that the closure of the TSB Denton branch will leave just one bank remaining in the town centre; further notes that Denton and Reddish constituency is already underserved with relation to physical banking services and that Reddish town centre currently has no high street bank; and implores TSB to reverse this decision as a matter of urgency.


728Fan-Led Review of Football Governance

Tabled: 2/12/21 Signatories: 11

Ian Mearns

Hywel Williams

Ben Lake

John McDonnell

Liz Saville Roberts

Jonathan Edwards

Mohammad YasinKate HollernDan CardenWera HobhouseChris Stephens

That his House welcomes the publication of the report following the Fan Led Review of Football Governance, chaired by the hon. Member for Chatham and Aylesford, Tracey Crouch MP; notes that the recommendations within the report are supported in full by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Football, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Football Supporters and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Women’s Football; and calls on the Government to implement in full the recommendations of that report at the earliest opportunity to safeguard the future of the football pyramid in England.


729Resale of in-demand goods purchased by automated bots

Tabled: 2/12/21 Signatories: 9

Douglas Chapman

Hywel Williams

Ben Lake

Liz Saville Roberts

Allan Dorans

Alison Thewliss

Chris LawWera HobhouseChris Stephens

That this House believes that the online provision of items should be available to all customers and that items should not be bought in bulk by the use of automated bots which often circumvent maximum purchase quantities imposed by the retailer, and which subsequently distorts the marketplace by creating a scarcity thus enabling the bulk purchaser to then resell the items at grossly inflated prices above the Manufacturer’s Recommended Retail Price; calls on the Government to bring forward legislative proposals similar to those introduced for the secondary selling of tickets, thereby prohibiting the resale of items at prices greatly above Manufacturer’s Recommended Retail Price when purchased using automated bots; and further calls on the Government to bring forward legislative proposals making the resale of goods purchased using an automated bot an illegal activity, thereby denying unscrupulous vendors the chance to make themselves vast profits at the expense of genuine end-use consumers, while also deterring fraudulent cybercriminal activity.


730Peter O’Keefe Special Recognition Grassroots Award 2021

Tabled: 2/12/21 Signatories: 5

Amy Callaghan

Allan Dorans

Marion Fellows

Chris Law

Chris Stephens

That this House congratulates Peter O’Keefe on receiving the McDonald’s Special Recognition Award at the Grassroots Awards 2021; understands Mr O’Keefe has operated restaurants across Glasgow for over 25 years; notes Mr O’Keefe has used his platform throughout his career to support local clubs such as Milngavie FC, host a number of community festivals, and deliver thousands of new strips and equipment to clubs who need it most; further notes Mr O’Keefe’s support for charities and his fundraising efforts over the years by running 13 marathons, completing multiple kilt walks, and organising a number of other fundraising events to raise thousands for charity; thanks Mr O’Keefe for all his efforts to give back to the community over the years and for using his platform to support those in need; and congratulates Mr O’Keefe once more on receiving this well deserved recognition award.


731Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week

Tabled: 2/12/21 Signatories: 14

Amy Callaghan

Andrew Gwynne

Hywel Williams

Ben Lake

John McDonnell

Liz Saville Roberts

Jonathan EdwardsMarion FellowsAlison ThewlissChris LawDr Philippa WhitfordWera HobhouseChris Stephens

That this House recognises Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week running from 1 to 7 December; understands Crohn’s & Colitis UK aim to raise awareness and reduce the stigma around these very serious and incurable conditions; notes that each day of Crohn’s Awareness Week a platform will be available for anyone living with Crohn’s and Colitis or supporting a loved one who does to share their story; understands the covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on research and treatment of the condition; encourages greater access to inflammatory bowel disease services to help treat the condition across the UK; wishes all those with Crohn’s and Colitis taking part in the awareness week the very best; and thanks Crohn’s and Colitis UK for their work to support people living with inflammatory bowel diseases.


732John-Paul Mackie, Pharmacist of the Year 2021 Award (No. 2)

Tabled: 2/12/21 Signatories: 9

Chris Stephens

Marion Fellows

Jim Shannon

Patrick Grady

Kirsten Oswald

Gavin Newlands

Chris Law

That this House congratulates John-Paul Mackie on winning the title Pharmacist of the Year 2021, at the Independent Pharmacy Awards reception in the House of Commons; notes that this award, run in association with the Independent Community Pharmacy magazine, shines a light on the brilliant work of John-Paul Mackie as a pharmacist in the Cardonald community of Glasgow and his teams across the Glasgow area; notes John-Paul Mackie was voted Independent Pharmacist of the year for his revolutionary use of technology and automation, where he combined the use of a dispensing robot, with a pill pack robot and a 24/7 prescription collection point to allow patients to collect their medicine 24 hours a day from the pharmacy store front; further notes this encouraged physical distancing and supporting key and shift workers during the pandemic and importantly the move towards automation ensured his pharmacy stayed open for every scheduled hour of the pandemic and supported the local community pharmacy network when other pharmacies had to close or restrict their services as their teams isolated with covid; recognises that automation also greatly improved the patient experience, by freeing up his teams time to spend with patients, providing additional NHS services and delivering quality patient care; and wishes Mr Mackie and all staff associated with Mackie Pharmacy continued success going forward.


733Northlink Ferries and Islander food discount

Tabled: 3/12/21 Signatories: 3

Mr Alistair Carmichael

Layla Moran

Chris Stephens

That this House notes with concern Northlink Ferries’ decision to cut islander discounts on food and drink on its ferries to and from the Northern Isles; recognises that ferry services are a lifeline transport link for islanders and are generally the only affordable travel option for those who use them, with journeys lasting several hours; understands that this decision was taken without notice or consultation with local people; notes that the Islands Act passed by the Scottish Parliament is intended to ensure that policy changes are island proofed to avoid such outcomes; and calls upon Northlink Ferries to reverse its decision and consult with isles representatives and local people to resolve their grievances about this change.


734Barnett Consequentials from the Culture Recovery Fund

Tabled: 3/12/21 Signatories: 8

Patrick Grady

Allan Dorans

Alison Thewliss

Marion Fellows

Gavin Newlands

Chris Law

Patricia GibsonChris Stephens

That this House notes with concern reports that HM Treasury has only delivered £9 million of an expected £40 million to the Scottish Government in consequential funding arising from the £300 million increase in the Culture Recovery Fund announced in the March 2021 Budget; notes that while First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on 11 May 2021 that the expected £40 million would be made available for culture organisations in Scotland, six months later Scottish Ministers have been unable to fulfil that commitment in full due to HM Treasury not delivering the remaining consequentials in a timely manner; shares the concerns expressed by the Scottish Commercial Music Industry Taskforce that the result of these funds being withheld by the Government is that Scottish artists and culture organisations are at significant disadvantage compared to their counterparts elsewhere in the UK, and that while Arts Council England has been able to continue making support available to organisations through to January 2022, such support in Scotland has not been able to continue beyond 30 September 2021, leading to fears that the sector has been left in a severely weakened position with no access to support needed to restart and recover as the economy emerges from pandemic-related restrictions; and calls on the Treasury to explain why there has been such a significant delay, and to take action to resolve this issue as a matter of urgency in order that artists and culture organisations in Scotland can benefit from the expected and intended support.


735Glen Cinema Disaster Memorial

Tabled: 3/12/21 Signatories: 7

Gavin Newlands

Mhairi Black

Allan Dorans

Marion Fellows

Alison Thewliss

Chris Law

Chris Stephens

That this House commends the work of Paisley Rotary, Future Paisley and the Paisley community in providing a fitting permanent memorial to honour the 71 children who lost their lives in the Glen Cinema Disaster on the 31st of December 1929; notes that the children died after a smoking canister reel caused a panic which sadly resulted in a crush as the exit doors had been locked; acknowledges that changes to Health and Safety legislation were introduced following the tragedy including the introduction of push bars on fire exits; further notes that the memorial will offer future generations the opportunity to remember those who were lost and also those survived such as Emily Brown and Robert Pope who attended the unveiling ceremony; welcomes that the annual remembrance event which takes place every Hogmanay will now have a unique and dedicated focal point.


736Knightswood Community Centre 50th (+1) Anniversary

Tabled: 3/12/21 Signatories: 5

Carol Monaghan

Allan Dorans

Marion Fellows

Chris Law

Chris Stephens

That this House recognises the important milestone for Knightswood Community Centre as it celebrates its 50th (+1) anniversary; notes that Knightswood Community Centre is a valued asset that has been at the heart of the local community for the last fifty one years, providing a wide range of services, including dance classes, arts and crafts classes, language learning, sporting and fitness activities, health advice and meeting places for local organisations; further notes that Knightswood Community Centre is one of the largest and busiest community facilities in Glasgow; recognises the commitment of the centre staff and centre management to the local community; notes that the 50th anniversary celebrations were unable to take place last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic; congratulates everyone involved in the celebrations on 4th December 2021; and looks forward to the continuing success of the centre throughout the next 50 (+1) years.