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Fixed Term Parliaments

EDM number 511 in 2000-01, proposed by Austin Mitchell on 02/04/2001.

That this House notes the current uncertainties about the timing of the General Election; considers that all recent governments have used their freedom to call elections at the time which offers them the best party prospects, with all too little consideration of the wishes of the people or the needs of democracy, by going to the country early when things were going well, hanging on to the last possible moment when they weren't and generally viewing election timing opportunistically as an issue of party convenience to maximise the advantages of the incumbent government; and suggests that the need to strengthen and modernise British democracy now points firmly to fixed-term four year parliaments with elections held only when a Government has no majority to carry on, or Parliament resolves that an election is necessary to form a new Government.

This motion has been signed by a total of 41 MPs.

Austin Mitchell02/04/2001Great GrimsbyLabourProposed
Brian Cotter02/04/2001Weston-Super-MareLiberal DemocratSigned
Alan Simpson03/04/2001Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Bill Michie03/04/2001Sheffield, HeeleyLabourSigned
Edward Davey03/04/2001Kingston & SurbitonLiberal DemocratSigned
Jim Dobbin03/04/2001Heywood & MiddletonLabour Co-operativeSigned
David Taylor03/04/2001North West LeicestershireLabour Co-operativeSigned
Jenny Tonge03/04/2001Richmond ParkLiberal DemocratSigned
Robert Wareing03/04/2001Liverpool, West DerbyLabourSigned
Derek Wyatt03/04/2001Sittingbourne & SheppeyLabourSigned
Bob Russell03/04/2001ColchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
Nigel Jones04/04/2001CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Andrew George04/04/2001St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
Ronnie Campbell04/04/2001Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Paul Marsden04/04/2001Shrewsbury & AtchamLabourSigned
Elfyn Llwyd04/04/2001Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
Paul Tyler05/04/2001North CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Tony Banks05/04/2001West HamLabourSigned
Norman Baker05/04/2001LewesLiberal DemocratSigned
Sandra Gidley05/04/2001RomseyLiberal DemocratSigned
Eric Clarke05/04/2001MidlothianLabourSigned
Colin Breed05/04/2001South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Peter Brand05/04/2001Isle of WightLiberal DemocratSigned
Kelvin Hopkins05/04/2001Luton NorthLabourSigned
Gordon Prentice05/04/2001PendleLabourSigned
Patrick Cormack05/04/2001South StaffordshireConservativeSigned
Andrew MacKinlay06/04/2001ThurrockLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn06/04/2001Islington NorthLabourSigned
Vincent Cable09/04/2001TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Teddy Taylor09/04/2001Rochford & Southend EastConservativeSigned
David Chidgey10/04/2001EastleighLiberal DemocratSigned
David Borrow10/04/2001South RibbleLabourSigned
Mike Hancock10/04/2001Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
David Rendel10/04/2001NewburyLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Keetch23/04/2001HerefordLiberal DemocratSigned
Ann Cryer23/04/2001KeighleyLabourSigned
Stephen Twigg23/04/2001Enfield, SouthgateLabourSigned
Linda Perham25/04/2001Ilford NorthLabourSigned
Malcolm Savidge26/04/2001Aberdeen NorthLabourSigned
Andrew Stunell26/04/2001Hazel GroveLiberal DemocratSigned
Donald Gorrie30/04/2001Edinburgh WestLiberal DemocratSigned

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