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Honourable Member For Colne Valley And The Sunday Times

EDM number 680 in 1995-96, proposed by John Townend on 27/03/1996.

That this House congratulates the honourable Member for Colne Valley on his success with his complaint to the Press Complaints Commission against the Sunday Times; notes that the Press Complaints Commission found that there was no justification for the Sunday Times use of subterfuge, that the newspaper should have made clear to its readers that its approach to the honourable Member for Colne Valley had been on the basis of an entirely legitimate consultancy, not on the basis of a one-off payment in return for asking a question, that the approach to Conservative honourable Members was entirely different to the approach made to Labour honourable Members, and that the Sunday Times failed to tell its readers the truth about the honourable Member for Colne Valley's return of a cheque and the issue of who raised the subject of payments first; is amazed that the response of the editor of the Sunday Times, Mr John Witherow, a member of the Press Complaints Commission, was to say that his newspaper had only been criticised on a couple of minor points; believes that if self-regulation is to mean anything editors should accept the adjudications of the Press Complaints Commission; and questions whether Mr Rupert Murdoch is as dismissive of the Press Complaints Commission as his editor.

This motion has been signed by a total of 81 MPs.

John Townend27/03/1996BridlingtonProposed
Christopher Gill27/03/1996LudlowSigned
James Pawsey27/03/1996Rugby & KenilworthSigned
Teresa Gorman27/03/1996BillericaySigned
Harry Greenway27/03/1996Ealing NorthSigned
Jonathan Aitken27/03/1996South ThanetSigned
Rupert Allason27/03/1996TorbaySigned
Michael Grylls27/03/1996Surrey North WestSigned
Jacques Arnold27/03/1996GraveshamSigned
David Ashby27/03/1996North West LeicestershireSigned
David Atkinson27/03/1996Bournemouth EastSigned
Roy Beggs27/03/1996East AntrimSigned
Vivian Bendall27/03/1996Ilford NorthSigned
Walter Sweeney27/03/1996Vale of GlamorganSigned
Peter Temple-Morris27/03/1996LeominsterSigned
Roy Thomason27/03/1996BromsgroveSigned
Neville Trotter27/03/1996TynemouthSigned
Bill Walker27/03/1996North TaysideSigned
David Wilshire27/03/1996SpelthorneSigned
Ann Winterton27/03/1996CongletonSigned
Nicholas Winterton27/03/1996MacclesfieldSigned
Bob Dunn27/03/1996DartfordSigned
Martin Smyth27/03/1996Belfast SouthSigned
Robert Hughes27/03/1996Harrow WestSigned
Edward Leigh27/03/1996Gainsborough and HorncastleSigned
Keith Mans27/03/1996WyreSigned
Paul Marland27/03/1996Gloucestershire WestSigned
John Marshall27/03/1996Hendon SouthSigned
David Martin27/03/1996Portsmouth SouthSigned
Michael Neubert27/03/1996RomfordSigned
Patrick Nicholls27/03/1996TeignbridgeSigned
Julian Brazier27/03/1996CanterburySigned
David Nicholson27/03/1996TauntonSigned
Michael Fabricant27/03/1996Staffordshire MidSigned
Den Dover27/03/1996ChorleySigned
Timothy Devlin27/03/1996Stockton SouthSigned
Michael Carttiss27/03/1996Great YarmouthSigned
Matthew Carrington27/03/1996FulhamSigned
Nicholas Budgen27/03/1996Wolverhampton South WestSigned
Ian Bruce27/03/1996South DorsetSigned
Stephen Day28/03/1996CheadleSigned
Hugh Dykes28/03/1996Harrow EastSigned
Peggy Fenner28/03/1996MedwaySigned
Nigel Forman28/03/1996Carshalton & WallingtonSigned
Peter Fry28/03/1996WellingboroughSigned
Phil Gallie28/03/1996AyrSigned
Richard Alexander28/03/1996NewarkSigned
Michael Alison28/03/1996SelbySigned
Neil Hamilton28/03/1996TattonSigned
John Hannam28/03/1996ExeterSigned
Spencer Batiste28/03/1996ElmetSigned
John D Taylor28/03/1996StrangfordSigned
Patrick Thompson28/03/1996Norwich NorthSigned
Richard Tracey28/03/1996SurbitonSigned
Ian Twinn28/03/1996EdmontonSigned
Jerry Wiggin28/03/1996Weston-Super-MareSigned
John Wilkinson28/03/1996Ruislip - NorthwoodSigned
Geoffrey Pattie28/03/1996Chertsey and WaltonSigned
Michael Brown28/03/1996Brigg and CleethorpesSigned
William Powell28/03/1996CorbySigned
Andrew Rowe28/03/1996Kent MidSigned
Michael Shersby28/03/1996UxbridgeSigned
Roger Sims28/03/1996ChislehurstSigned
Trevor Skeet28/03/1996Bedfordshire NorthSigned
Warren Hawksley28/03/1996Halesowen and StourbridgeSigned
Peter Hordern28/03/1996HorshamSigned
Ralph Howell28/03/1996North NorfolkSigned
Andrew Hunter28/03/1996BasingstokeSigned
Toby Jessel28/03/1996TwickenhamSigned
Barry Legg28/03/1996Milton Keynes South WestSigned
Peter Lloyd28/03/1996FarehamSigned
David Madel28/03/1996South West BedfordshireSigned
Roger Moate28/03/1996FavershamSigned
Hector Monro28/03/1996DumfriesSigned
Rhodes Boyson28/03/1996Brent NorthSigned
John Butcher28/03/1996Coventry South WestSigned
Michael Stern29/03/1996Bristol North WestSigned
Norman Lamont01/04/1996Kingston upon ThamesSigned
David Shaw02/04/1996DoverSigned
Nicholas Baker03/04/1996North DorsetSigned
Roland Boyes16/04/1996Houghton and WashingtonSigned

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