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BRIAN HAW AND THE RIGHT TO PROTEST 11.05.2006

 

Harvey, Nick

Baker, Norman

 

Brooke, Annette

Cable, Vincent

Cohen, Harry

Corbyn, Jeremy

Cryer, Ann

Davey, Edward

Drew, David

Durkan, Mark

George, Andrew

Hemming, John

Hopkins, Kelvin

Jackson, Glenda

Kramer, Susan

Leech, John

Llwyd, Elfyn

MacNeil, Angus

McDonnell, Alasdair

Rennie, Willie

Spink, Bob

Stunell, Andrew

Vis, Rudi

Wareing, Robert N

Williams, Mark

 

That this House notes the verdict of Monday 9th May in the case of Brian Haw, peace protestor in Parliament Square for over four and a half years, which overturned the original High Court ruling allowing him to continue his peace vigil; notes with concern that Mr Haw may now be forced to end his protest should the Police Commissioner fail to grant him permission to remain; further notes that Mr Haw's silent protest causes no hindrance to the proper operation of Parliament, nor does it create a public disorder; further notes that this House owes Mr Haw a debt of gratitude for his long-term active engagement in democracy; believes that Mr Haw should be allowed to remain in Parliament Square; and calls upon the Government to nurture engagement by the public with politicians and to support the democratic right of all to protest where they can be seen by hon. Members.

ARMED FORCES BILL : NOW A.W.O.L. COULD MEAN LIFE IN PRISON

Thank you to all those who lobbyed their MPs about the Armed Forces Bill.

Clause 8 of this Bill introduces a new and tougher definition of desertion: soldiers who go absent without leave and intend to refuse to take part in a “military occupation of a foreign country or territory” (8 (3) (c)) may be imprisoned “for life” (8 (4)(a)). 

John McDonnell MP submitted an amendment to: replace “for life” with “must not exceed two years”. Following a debate the amendment was lost. You can read the whole debate by going to Hansard and checking the House of Commons Debates for 22 May 2006.

The 17 Labour MPs who voted in favour of John McDonnell’s amendment are listed below.

John Austin

Erith & Thamesmead

Michael Clapham

Barnsley West & Penistone

Katy Clark

North Ayrshire & Arran

Harry Cohen

Leyton & Wanstead

Jeremy Corbyn

Islington North

Bill Etherington

Sunderland North

Paul Flynn

Newport West

Neil Gerrard

Walthamstow

Ian Gibson

Norwich North

Kelvin Hopkins

Luton North

Lynne Jones

Birmingham Selly Oak

John McDonnell

Hayes & Harlington

Linda Riordan

Halifax

Alan Simpson

Nottingham South

Dennis Skinner

Bolsover

Rudi Vis

Finchley & Golders Green

Robert Wareing

Liverpool West Derby

 

Your MP not on the list? Why not ask them why at your next GC? Let LAtW know what they say.

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