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Need For De-Centralised Democracy In The United Kingdom

EDM number 1003 in 1989-90, proposed by Jimmy Wray on 16/05/1990.

That this House, considering the highly successful experience of regional and national autonomies in West Germany, the United States and Spain, amongst the many countries with devolved powers from the centre, sees the opposition to devolution in the United Kingdom as lacking any sense and national purpose; believes that, in the light of such examples of de-centralisation, the unity of the state has been enhanced and the operation of the economy and of the cultural and social activities have become more creative and successful; concludes that the only justification for opposing devolution for Scotland and Wales and for resisting regional assemblies in Britain are the political interests of the Conservative Party which would collapse without the centralised, bureaucratic and authoritarian system it has been building since 1979; and re-affirms its commitment to a de-centralised democracy as the only political system capable of solving the appalling economic, social and racial problems created or worsened by the present secretive and dictatorial regime in office since 1979.

This motion has been signed by a total of 23 MPs.

James Wray16/05/1990Glasgow ProvanProposed
John McAllion16/05/1990Dundee EastSigned
Alan Meale16/05/1990MansfieldSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie16/05/1990Glasgow, PollokSigned
Robert Parry17/05/1990Liverpool, RiversideSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe17/05/1990LeighSigned
Tony Banks17/05/1990Newham North WestSigned
Terry Davis18/05/1990Birmingham, Hodge HillSigned
Peter Hardy21/05/1990WentworthSigned
Norman Hogg21/05/1990Cumbernauld & KilsythSigned
Alex Carlile21/05/1990MontgomerySigned
Joyce Quin22/05/1990Gateshead EastSigned
Keith Bradley22/05/1990Manchester, WithingtonSigned
Harry Cohen23/05/1990LeytonSigned
Jack Thompson24/05/1990WansbeckSigned
Martyn Jones05/06/1990Clwyd South WestSigned
Tommy Graham05/06/1990Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Tony Lloyd06/06/1990StretfordSigned
Terry Patchett07/06/1990Barnsley EastSigned
John Smith07/06/1990Vale of GlamorganSigned
Eric Illsley07/06/1990Barnsley CentralSigned
Ian McCartney07/06/1990MakerfieldSigned
Andrew Faulds03/07/1990Warley EastSigned

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