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EDM number 1575 in 1997-98, proposed by Austin Mitchell on 20/07/1998.

That this House believes that the recent deaths in Nigeria of Chief Abiola, the presumed winner of the 1993 Presidential elections, and of General Abacha, the former Head of State, whilst creating uncertainty and unrest, nevertheless herald an opportunity for a new direction for that country; believes that Her Majesty's Government should maximise the momentum for reform and progress towards just and sustainable democracy in Nigeria by initiating robust and constructive dialogue directly with the Nigerian authorities, and through the United Nations, the European Union and the Commonwealth, to encourage the new leadership of that most populous nation in Africa to appreciate the benefits that democracy and prudent economic management will bring; observes that the continuation of barriers to such dialogue serve neither the people of Nigeria nor Britain's foreign policy objectives; and invites the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to review all such barriers, whether imposed through visa regulations, airline contacts or commerce, with a view to them being removed over a timescale linked to the steady achievement of reform and full democracy in Nigeria.

This motion has been signed by a total of 18 MPs.

Austin Mitchell20/07/1998Great GrimsbyLabourProposed
Nicholas Winterton20/07/1998MacclesfieldConservativeSigned
Mike Hancock21/07/1998Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Dale Campbell-Savours22/07/1998WorkingtonLabourSigned
Michael Clapham22/07/1998Barnsley West & PenistoneLabourSigned
Tom Cox22/07/1998TootingLabourSigned
David Atkinson22/07/1998Bournemouth EastConservativeSigned
John Austin22/07/1998Erith & ThamesmeadLabourSigned
Roy Beggs23/07/1998East AntrimUUPSigned
Vincent Cable23/07/1998TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Lynne Jones23/07/1998Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Terry Davis24/07/1998Birmingham, Hodge HillLabourSigned
David Taylor27/07/1998North West LeicestershireLabour Co-operativeSigned
Kevin McNamara28/07/1998Kingston upon Hull NorthLabourSigned
Ann Cryer28/07/1998KeighleyLabourSigned
Bill Etherington28/07/1998Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Harry Barnes29/07/1998North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
John McDonnell04/11/1998Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned

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