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The Vichy Government And The Banning Of Rugby League In France

EDM number 972 in 1998-99, proposed by David Hinchliffe on 02/11/1999.

That this House commends the campaign by the organisation Treize Actif, supported by the French Rugby League Federation, to bring to public attention the infamous act committed by the wartime Vichy Government in France, outlawing the then thriving sport of rugby league, disbanding its national association and seizing its assets, with rugby union the beneficiary; supports the demands of French Rugby League followers for official acknowledgement of this infamy which resulted in the game not even being able to use the term rugby until 1989 even though it was restarted after the war; condemns unreservedly those individuals and organisations, including some in French Rugby Union, who colluded with this outrage and continued to discriminate against rugby league by trying to deny the sport use of publicly-owned facilities, as recently happened to clubs in Agen and the town of Vichy itself; further supports the actions of Treize Actif in seeking to end the discrimination which continues to exist in the education system in France where it is the only sport not available as of right to pupils and denied specialist teachers; applauds the decision of the French Minister for Youth and Sport, Madame Marie-George Buffett, to establish a national commission of inquiry into sport in France in this period; and calls upon Her Majesty's Government to offer all possible assistance and support in addressing this matter and helping to maintain the recent excellent progress made by rugby league in France as it seeks to re-establish its former pre-eminence.

This motion has been signed by a total of 61 MPs, 1 of these signatures have been withdrawn.

David Hinchliffe02/11/1999WakefieldLabourProposed
Neil Gerrard02/11/1999WalthamstowLabourSigned
John Gunnell02/11/1999Morley & RothwellLabourSigned
Fabian Hamilton02/11/1999Leeds North EastLabourSigned
John Austin02/11/1999Erith & ThamesmeadLabourSigned
Tony Banks02/11/1999West HamLabourSigned
Kevin Barron02/11/1999Rother ValleyLabourSigned
Hilary Benn02/11/1999Leeds CentralLabourSigned
Harold Best02/11/1999Leeds North WestLabourSigned
Hazel Blears02/11/1999SalfordLabourSigned
Ian Stewart02/11/1999EcclesLabourSigned
Howard Stoate02/11/1999DartfordLabourSigned
Jon Trickett02/11/1999HemsworthLabourSigned
Phil Willis02/11/1999Harrogate & KnaresboroughLiberal DemocratSigned
Rosie Winterton02/11/1999Doncaster CentralLabourSigned
Audrey Wise02/11/1999PrestonLabourSigned
Mike Wood02/11/1999Batley & SpenLabourSigned
Derek Wyatt02/11/1999Sittingbourne & SheppeyLabourSigned
Jim Dobbin02/11/1999Heywood & MiddletonLabour Co-operativeSigned
Hilton Dawson02/11/1999Lancaster & WyreLabourSigned
Ann Cryer02/11/1999KeighleyLabourSigned
Tom Pendry02/11/1999Stalybridge & HydeLabourSigned
Terry Rooney02/11/1999Bradford NorthLabourSigned
Marsha Singh02/11/1999Bradford WestLabourSigned
Angela Smith02/11/1999BasildonLabour Co-operativeSigned
Lindsay Hoyle02/11/1999ChorleyLabourSigned
Helen Jones02/11/1999Warrington NorthLabourSigned
Alan Keen02/11/1999Feltham & HestonLabour Co-operativeSigned
Julian Lewis02/11/1999New Forest EastConservativeSigned
Terry Lewis02/11/1999WorsleyLabourSigned
Alice Mahon02/11/1999HalifaxLabourSigned
Jim Cousins02/11/1999Newcastle upon Tyne CentralLabourSigned
Harry Cohen02/11/1999Leyton & WansteadLabourSigned
Michael Clapham02/11/1999Barnsley West & PenistoneLabourSigned
Bill O'Brien02/11/1999NormantonLabourSigned
Alan Meale02/11/1999MansfieldLabourSigned
Chris McCafferty02/11/1999Calder ValleyLabourSigned
Jim Marshall02/11/1999Leicester SouthLabourSigned
Harry Barnes03/11/1999North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Norman Godman03/11/1999Greenock & InverclydeLabourSigned
Ronnie Fearn03/11/1999SouthportLiberal DemocratSigned
Ian Davidson03/11/1999Glasgow, PollokLabour Co-operativeSigned
Bill Michie03/11/1999Sheffield, HeeleyLabourSigned
Nigel Jones03/11/1999CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Robert Jackson03/11/1999WantageConservativeSigned
Bob Russell03/11/1999ColchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
Robert Wareing04/11/1999Liverpool, West DerbyLabourSigned
Lynne Jones04/11/1999Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Eric Illsley04/11/1999Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
Kelvin Hopkins04/11/1999Luton NorthLabourSigned
Dennis Skinner04/11/1999BolsoverLabourSigned
Peter Pike04/11/1999BurnleyLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn05/11/1999Islington NorthLabourSigned
Alan Williams05/11/1999Swansea WestLabourSigned
Vincent Cable08/11/1999TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Mike Hancock09/11/1999Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Andrew Dismore09/11/1999HendonLabourSigned
John McDonnell09/11/1999Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
Michael Foster10/11/1999WorcesterLabourSigned
Irene Adams10/11/1999Paisley NorthLabourSigned
Graham StringerUnknownWithdrawn

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