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Conservative Party And Standards Of Honesty

EDM number 1101 in 1993-94, proposed by Harry Barnes on 21/04/1994.

That this House deplores the serious decline in standards of honesty exemplified by the false claims made about Derbyshire County Council in a Conservative party political broadcast on 6th April; notes the inaccurate claim that a councillor in prison had claimed ú4,000 in council allowances whilst running a council housing budget whereas, in fact, that county council has no housing responsibilities and the councillor in question had automatically received ú1,231 in allowances to which he was legally entitled before his appeal was considered by the courts and his subsequent disqualification; understands that such crucial differences may not be fully recognised by a casual observer of the type that the broadcast purported to interview; further understands, however, that the comments quoted in the broadcast were not from a genuine and randomly selected member of the public but from an actor using a carefully written script which had clearly not been checked for its veracity; and calls upon the Conservative Party to clearly disassociate itself from this blatant attempt to smear the Labour Party.

This motion has been signed by a total of 40 MPs.

Harry Barnes21/04/1994North East DerbyshireProposed
Dennis Skinner21/04/1994BolsoverSigned
Tony Benn21/04/1994ChesterfieldSigned
Michael Clapham22/04/1994Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
John Evans22/04/1994St Helens NorthSigned
Lynne Jones25/04/1994Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Harry Cohen25/04/1994LeytonSigned
John Cummings25/04/1994EasingtonSigned
Jim Dowd25/04/1994Lewisham WestSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie26/04/1994Glasgow, PollokSigned
Robert Wareing26/04/1994Liverpool, West DerbySigned
Tony Banks26/04/1994Newham North WestSigned
Andrew Faulds26/04/1994Warley EastSigned
Terry Davis26/04/1994Birmingham, Hodge HillSigned
Michael Connarty26/04/1994Falkirk EastSigned
Eric Clarke26/04/1994MidlothianSigned
William McKelvey26/04/1994Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
John McAllion26/04/1994Dundee EastSigned
Ken Livingstone26/04/1994Brent EastSigned
Eric Illsley26/04/1994Barnsley CentralSigned
Peter Hardy26/04/1994WentworthSigned
Ernie Ross26/04/1994Dundee WestSigned
Colin Pickthall26/04/1994West LancashireSigned
Alan Meale26/04/1994MansfieldSigned
John Gunnell27/04/1994Leeds South and MorleySigned
Mike Watson27/04/1994Glasgow CentralSigned
Keith Bradley27/04/1994Manchester, WithingtonSigned
Martyn Jones27/04/1994Clwyd South WestSigned
Jeff Rooker27/04/1994Birmingham, Perry BarrSigned
Martin Redmond27/04/1994Don ValleySigned
Alan Simpson28/04/1994Nottingham SouthSigned
Bill Etherington28/04/1994Sunderland NorthSigned
Win Griffiths28/04/1994BridgendSigned
Derek Enright29/04/1994HemsworthSigned
Jean Corston10/05/1994Bristol EastSigned
Roger Godsiff11/05/1994Birmingham Small HeathSigned
Tommy Graham18/05/1994Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Mike Hall22/06/1994Warrington SouthSigned
Audrey Wise07/07/1994PrestonSigned
Mike Gapes20/07/1994Ilford SouthSigned

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