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The Sun Newspaper & Its Hotline For Gulf Families

EDM number 336 in 1990-91, proposed by Terry Lewis on 23/01/1991.

That this House is appalled at the nauseating opportunism of the Sun newspaper in establishing a Gulf telephone hotline charged at 33p and 44p per minute; believes this to be exploitative of worried relatives of service personnel in the war zone, who are thirsting for knowledge of their loved ones; recognises this to be typical of a publication which routinely trivialises the news and distorts the truth, even in war; further believes that the forces, whom the newspaper purports to support, will be outraged at the prospect of their families being fleeced by the greedy proprietors of the Sun in this way; draws attention to the fact that the bulletins on this service contain no information whatsoever that is any different from news already available through the media; and therefore calls upon the Director General of OFTEL to investigate this obscene and costly deception which, for the pursuit of easy profit, is being directed at the public in general and the worried families of our Gulf forces in particular.

This motion has been signed by a total of 59 MPs.

Terry Lewis23/01/1991WorsleyProposed
Keith Bradley23/01/1991Manchester, WithingtonSigned
Dawn Primarolo23/01/1991Bristol SouthSigned
Harry Cohen23/01/1991LeytonSigned
Bob Cryer23/01/1991Bradford SouthSigned
Alistair Darling23/01/1991Edinburgh CentralSigned
Terry Davis23/01/1991Birmingham, Hodge HillSigned
Kenneth Eastham23/01/1991Manchester, BlackleySigned
Harry Ewing23/01/1991Falkirk EastSigned
Maria Fyfe23/01/1991Glasgow, MaryhillSigned
John Garrett23/01/1991Norwich SouthSigned
Tommy Graham23/01/1991Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Graham Allen23/01/1991Nottingham NorthSigned
Bruce Grocott23/01/1991Wrekin, TheSigned
Harry Barnes23/01/1991North East DerbyshireSigned
John Battle23/01/1991Leeds WestSigned
Tony Benn23/01/1991ChesterfieldSigned
Michael Welsh23/01/1991Doncaster NorthSigned
David Winnick23/01/1991Walsall NorthSigned
Rhodri Morgan23/01/1991Cardiff WestSigned
Edward O'Hara23/01/1991Knowsley SouthSigned
Martin Redmond23/01/1991Don ValleySigned
John Reid23/01/1991Motherwell NorthSigned
Ernie Ross23/01/1991Dundee WestSigned
Dennis Skinner23/01/1991BolsoverSigned
David Hinchliffe23/01/1991WakefieldSigned
Robert Litherland23/01/1991Manchester CentralSigned
Tony Lloyd23/01/1991StretfordSigned
Geoffrey Lofthouse23/01/1991Pontefract & CastlefordSigned
Eddie Loyden23/01/1991Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Alice Mahon23/01/1991HalifaxSigned
Michael Martin23/01/1991Glasgow, SpringburnSigned
John McAllion23/01/1991Dundee EastSigned
Ian McCartney23/01/1991MakerfieldSigned
John McFall23/01/1991DumbartonSigned
William McKelvey23/01/1991Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
James Wray24/01/1991Glasgow ProvanSigned
Tony Worthington24/01/1991Clydebank & MilngavieSigned
Audrey Wise24/01/1991PrestonSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe24/01/1991LeighSigned
Keith Vaz24/01/1991Leicester EastSigned
Jeremy Corbyn24/01/1991Islington NorthSigned
Bill Michie24/01/1991Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Raymond Powell24/01/1991OgmoreSigned
Alexander Eadie24/01/1991MidlothianSigned
John Cummings28/01/1991EasingtonSigned
Gerry Steinberg29/01/1991Durham, City ofSigned
John Evans29/01/1991St Helens NorthSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie29/01/1991Glasgow, PollokSigned
David Clelland29/01/1991Tyne BridgeSigned
Joan Lestor29/01/1991EcclesSigned
Martyn Jones30/01/1991Clwyd South WestSigned
Mike Watson30/01/1991Glasgow CentralSigned
Eric Illsley31/01/1991Barnsley CentralSigned
Ronnie Campbell05/02/1991Blyth ValleySigned
Tom Cox05/02/1991TootingSigned
Ronald Brown07/02/1991Edinburgh LeithSigned
Doug Hoyle11/02/1991Warrington NorthSigned
Alex Carlile28/02/1991MontgomerySigned

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