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EDM number 770 in 1995-96, proposed by Austin Mitchell on 23/04/1996.

That this House, concerned at the threat to the independence and impartiality of the BBC's World Service from the development of commercial partnerships, considers that the censorship of BBC programmes and now the total suspension of the Arabic Service by Orbit Communications exemplifies the dangers; and urges the BBC to make speedy alternative arrangements to continue to broadcast its high-quality news to the Middle East, and not to take the consequences of the present breakdown out on the staff of its Arabic TV, many of whom were recruited on promises of long-term employment and told that their jobs did not depend on the contract with Orbit Communications, but who are deprived of information about what is happening to their jobs, their service and to independent broadcasting in the Arab world.

This motion has been signed by a total of 70 MPs.

Austin Mitchell23/04/1996Great GrimsbyProposed
Max Madden23/04/1996Bradford WestSigned
Robert Wareing24/04/1996Liverpool, West DerbySigned
Mike Watson24/04/1996Glasgow CentralSigned
Harry Barnes24/04/1996North East DerbyshireSigned
Mike Hall24/04/1996Warrington SouthSigned
Norman Godman24/04/1996Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Paul Flynn24/04/1996Newport WestSigned
Jeremy Corbyn24/04/1996Islington NorthSigned
Michael Connarty24/04/1996Falkirk EastSigned
Chris Mullin24/04/1996Sunderland SouthSigned
Bill Michie24/04/1996Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Alan Meale24/04/1996MansfieldSigned
Denis MacShane24/04/1996RotherhamSigned
Eddie Loyden24/04/1996Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Robert Parry24/04/1996Liverpool, RiversideSigned
Martin Smyth24/04/1996Belfast SouthSigned
Eric Clarke24/04/1996MidlothianSigned
Michael Clapham25/04/1996Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
Hugh Bayley25/04/1996York, City ofSigned
Tony Banks25/04/1996Newham North WestSigned
Peter Hain25/04/1996NeathSigned
Win Griffiths25/04/1996BridgendSigned
Neil Gerrard25/04/1996WalthamstowSigned
Robin Corbett25/04/1996Birmingham, ErdingtonSigned
Ken Livingstone25/04/1996Brent EastSigned
Helen Jackson25/04/1996Sheffield, HillsboroughSigned
Dennis Skinner25/04/1996BolsoverSigned
Tony Benn26/04/1996ChesterfieldSigned
John Evans29/04/1996St Helens NorthSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe29/04/1996LeighSigned
Tom Cox29/04/1996TootingSigned
Liz Lynne29/04/1996RochdaleSigned
Clive Soley29/04/1996HammersmithSigned
Roy Hughes29/04/1996Newport EastSigned
Peter Pike29/04/1996BurnleySigned
Bridget Prentice29/04/1996Lewisham EastSigned
Joan Ruddock30/04/1996Lewisham, DeptfordSigned
Alan Simpson30/04/1996Nottingham SouthSigned
Peter Hardy30/04/1996WentworthSigned
Doug Hoyle30/04/1996Warrington NorthSigned
Martyn Jones30/04/1996Clwyd South WestSigned
Keith Bradley30/04/1996Manchester, WithingtonSigned
Stephen Byers30/04/1996WallsendSigned
Dale Campbell-Savours30/04/1996WorkingtonSigned
Kenneth Eastham30/04/1996Manchester, BlackleySigned
Maria Fyfe30/04/1996Glasgow, MaryhillSigned
John Gunnell30/04/1996Leeds South and MorleySigned
Tony Worthington30/04/1996Clydebank & MilngavieSigned
Joan Walley01/05/1996Stoke-on-Trent NorthSigned
Tommy Graham01/05/1996Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
James Callaghan01/05/1996Heywood & MiddletonSigned
Peter Snape01/05/1996West Bromwich EastSigned
Glenda Jackson01/05/1996Hampstead & HighgateSigned
Harry Cohen02/05/1996LeytonSigned
Gerry Bermingham02/05/1996St Helens SouthSigned
Rachel Squire07/05/1996Dunfermline WestSigned
David Steel08/05/1996Tweeddale, Ettrick and LauderdaleSigned
Gerry Steinberg09/05/1996Durham, City ofSigned
Bill Etherington09/05/1996Sunderland NorthSigned
Ian Davidson09/05/1996Glasgow, GovanSigned
Richard Burden09/05/1996Birmingham, NorthfieldSigned
Ann Clwyd10/05/1996Cynon ValleySigned
Margaret Hodge14/05/1996BarkingSigned
William McKelvey14/05/1996Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
Richard Caborn15/05/1996Sheffield CentralSigned
Nigel Jones21/05/1996CheltenhamSigned
David Rendel22/05/1996NewburySigned
Nick Harvey22/05/1996North DevonSigned
Judith Church22/05/1996DagenhamSigned

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