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Conduct Of The Honourable Member For Dover And Herald Of Free Enterprise

EDM number 522 in 1995-96, proposed by David Jamieson on 26/02/1996.

That this House deplores the comments made by the honourable Member for Dover during a House of Commons debate on Ferry Safety on 21st February in which he said, 'Alcoholism caused the 'Herald of Free Enterprise' to go down. People did not do their jobs because they were drunk'; notes that his comments are in contradiction to those made to the House by the then Secretary of State for Transport on 24th July 1987 and the detailed report by Mr Justice Sheen, both of whom failed to mention alcoholism as a cause of the 'Herald of Free Enterprise' tragedy; notes that the Sheen Report made severe criticisms of the management of Townsend Car Ferries Ltd., discounting the honourable Member for Dover's theory that 'extreme left wing trade unionists' were in some way responsible for the disaster; further notes that 6th March 1996 is the ninth anniversary of the disaster, which took place in 1987 (not 1986 as the honourable Member stated); hopes he will make an unreserved and full apology to the bereaved relatives of the victims and to those who survived the disaster; deplores the honourable Member for Dover's appalling and inaccurate attempts to rewrite history; and looks forward to his imminent replacement as a Member of this House by an honourable Member prepared to pay proper respect to those who died, from Dover and elsewhere, in the 'Herald of Free Enterprise' tragedy.

This motion has been signed by a total of 131 MPs, 1 of these signatures have been withdrawn.

David Jamieson26/02/1996Plymouth, DevonportProposed
Nigel Griffiths26/02/1996Edinburgh SouthSigned
David Hanson26/02/1996DelynSigned
Max Madden26/02/1996Bradford WestSigned
Colin Pickthall26/02/1996West LancashireSigned
Peter Pike26/02/1996BurnleySigned
Bridget Prentice26/02/1996Lewisham EastSigned
Gordon Prentice26/02/1996PendleSigned
Giles Radice26/02/1996North DurhamSigned
Martin Redmond26/02/1996Don ValleySigned
John Reid26/02/1996Motherwell NorthSigned
Geoffrey Robinson26/02/1996Coventry North WestSigned
Allan Rogers26/02/1996RhonddaSigned
Peter Hardy26/02/1996WentworthSigned
Nick Harvey26/02/1996North DevonSigned
Joseph Hendron26/02/1996Belfast WestSigned
John Heppell26/02/1996Nottingham EastSigned
David Hinchliffe26/02/1996WakefieldSigned
Margaret Hodge26/02/1996BarkingSigned
Norman Hogg26/02/1996Cumbernauld & KilsythSigned
Robert Hughes26/02/1996Aberdeen NorthSigned
John Hutton26/02/1996Barrow & FurnessSigned
Eric Illsley26/02/1996Barnsley CentralSigned
Adam Ingram26/02/1996East KilbrideSigned
Glenda Jackson26/02/1996Hampstead & HighgateSigned
Helen Jackson26/02/1996Sheffield, HillsboroughSigned
Greville Janner26/02/1996Leicester WestSigned
Jon Owen Jones26/02/1996Cardiff CentralSigned
Lynne Jones26/02/1996Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Martyn Jones26/02/1996Clwyd South WestSigned
Gerald Kaufman26/02/1996Manchester, GortonSigned
Jane Kennedy26/02/1996Liverpool BroadgreenSigned
Tony Lloyd26/02/1996StretfordSigned
Alice Mahon26/02/1996HalifaxSigned
Eric Martlew26/02/1996CarlisleSigned
John McAllion26/02/1996Dundee EastSigned
Kevin McNamara26/02/1996Kingston upon Hull NorthSigned
Alan Meale26/02/1996MansfieldSigned
Bill Michie26/02/1996Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Rhodri Morgan26/02/1996Cardiff WestSigned
Elliot Morley26/02/1996Glanford and ScunthorpeSigned
Estelle Morris26/02/1996Birmingham, YardleySigned
Gordon Oakes26/02/1996HaltonSigned
Roland Boyes26/02/1996Houghton and WashingtonSigned
Keith Bradley26/02/1996Manchester, WithingtonSigned
Jeremy Bray26/02/1996Motherwell SouthSigned
Richard Burden26/02/1996Birmingham, NorthfieldSigned
Richard Caborn26/02/1996Sheffield CentralSigned
Anne Campbell26/02/1996CambridgeSigned
Ronnie Campbell26/02/1996Blyth ValleySigned
Judith Church26/02/1996DagenhamSigned
Michael Clapham26/02/1996Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
Eric Clarke26/02/1996MidlothianSigned
Ann Clwyd26/02/1996Cynon ValleySigned
Ann Coffey26/02/1996StockportSigned
Harry Cohen26/02/1996LeytonSigned
Michael Connarty26/02/1996Falkirk EastSigned
Robin Corbett26/02/1996Birmingham, ErdingtonSigned
Jeremy Corbyn26/02/1996Islington NorthSigned
Jean Corston26/02/1996Bristol EastSigned
Jim Cousins26/02/1996Newcastle upon Tyne CentralSigned
John Cummings26/02/1996EasingtonSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe26/02/1996LeighSigned
Bryan Davies26/02/1996Oldham Central and RoytonSigned
Brian H Donohoe26/02/1996Cunninghame SouthSigned
Jim Dowd26/02/1996Lewisham WestSigned
Kenneth Eastham26/02/1996Manchester, BlackleySigned
Derek Fatchett26/02/1996Leeds CentralSigned
Andrew Faulds26/02/1996Warley EastSigned
Frank Field26/02/1996BirkenheadSigned
George Foulkes26/02/1996Carrick, Cumnock and Doon ValleySigned
Maria Fyfe26/02/1996Glasgow, MaryhillSigned
Sam Galbraith26/02/1996Strathkelvin & BearsdenSigned
George Galloway26/02/1996Glasgow HillheadSigned
Mike Gapes26/02/1996Ilford SouthSigned
Norman Godman26/02/1996Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Roger Godsiff26/02/1996Birmingham Small HeathSigned
Mildred Gordon26/02/1996Bow and PoplarSigned
Diane Abbott26/02/1996Hackney North & Stoke NewingtonSigned
Nick Ainger26/02/1996PembrokeSigned
Win Griffiths26/02/1996BridgendSigned
John Gunnell26/02/1996Leeds South and MorleySigned
Peter Hain26/02/1996NeathSigned
Mike Hall26/02/1996Warrington SouthSigned
Janet Anderson26/02/1996Rossendale & DarwenSigned
Hilary Armstrong26/02/1996North West DurhamSigned
Joe Ashton26/02/1996BassetlawSigned
Harry Barnes26/02/1996North East DerbyshireSigned
John Battle26/02/1996Leeds WestSigned
Tony Benn26/02/1996ChesterfieldSigned
Gerry Bermingham26/02/1996St Helens SouthSigned
Clive Betts26/02/1996Sheffield, AttercliffeSigned
Paul Boateng26/02/1996Brent SouthSigned
Gerry Steinberg26/02/1996Durham, City ofSigned
George Stevenson26/02/1996Stoke-on-Trent SouthSigned
Jon Trickett26/02/1996HemsworthSigned
Dennis Turner26/02/1996Wolverhampton South EastSigned
Malcolm Wicks26/02/1996Croydon North WestSigned
Alan Wynne Williams26/02/1996CarmarthenSigned
Audrey Wise26/02/1996PrestonSigned
Tony Wright26/02/1996Cannock and BurntwoodSigned
Ernie Ross27/02/1996Dundee WestSigned
Alan Simpson27/02/1996Nottingham SouthSigned
Dennis Skinner27/02/1996BolsoverSigned
Roy Hughes27/02/1996Newport EastSigned
Helen Liddell27/02/1996Monklands EastSigned
Elfyn Llwyd27/02/1996Meirionnydd Nant ConwySigned
William McKelvey27/02/1996Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
John McWilliam27/02/1996BlaydonSigned
Hugh Bayley27/02/1996York, City ofSigned
Paddy Tipping27/02/1996SherwoodSigned
Paul Tyler27/02/1996North CornwallSigned
Robert Wareing27/02/1996Liverpool, West DerbySigned
Robert Parry28/02/1996Liverpool, RiversideSigned
Greg Pope28/02/1996HyndburnSigned
John Spellar28/02/1996Warley WestSigned
Edward O'Hara28/02/1996Knowsley SouthSigned
Terry Davis28/02/1996Birmingham, Hodge HillSigned
John Evans28/02/1996St Helens NorthSigned
Paul Flynn28/02/1996Newport WestSigned
Ken Livingstone01/03/1996Brent EastSigned
Barry Sheerman04/03/1996HuddersfieldSigned
Nick Brown04/03/1996Newcastle upon Tyne EastSigned
Jack Thompson06/03/1996WansbeckSigned
Don Touhig07/03/1996IslwynSigned
Rachel Squire11/03/1996Dunfermline WestSigned
Terry Lewis11/03/1996WorsleySigned
Nigel Jones19/03/1996CheltenhamSigned
Tommy Graham19/03/1996Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Paul Murphy27/03/1996TorfaenSigned
Tom ClarkeUnknownWithdrawn

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