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Parole For Mordecai Vanunu

EDM number 1751 in 2001-02, proposed by Llew Smith on 15/10/2002.

That this House warmly applauds the Nuclear-Free Future Foundation International Resistance Award made in absentia to Mordecai Vanunu, the brave nuclear whistleblower, on 5th October at a ceremony in St. Petersburg, Russia; recognises Mr Vanunu as a true international citizen acting as an inspector of Israel's nuclear weapons of mass destruction, in a selfless and courageous act of ethical obedience to a power higher than the State; notes the citation on his award, made in his absence in jail in Israel, where he has been for 16 years, many in solitary confinement, states that while working as a technician at Israel's Dimona nuclear complex from 1976 to 1985, Mordecai Vanunu learned of his country's covert production of plutonium for nuclear weapons; further notes that Mr Vanunu believed it was his responsibility to inform the citizens of Israel as well as the rest of the world that nuclear weapons are being built and stockpiled in his land, especially in the light of Middle East tensions; recalls that on 5th October 1986, the Sunday Times, carried the headline 'Revealed: The Secrets of Israel's Nuclear Arsenal,' over a story based on interviews with Mr Vanunu and that five days prior to the publication of the story he was lured to Rome and kidnapped there by Israeli secret agents, taken back to Israel where he was secretly tried and convicted of treason and espionage, and subsequently spent the first 11 years of his incarceration in solitary confinement; believes Mr Vanunu should have been applauded for his actions, not incarcerated; now notes that Mr Vanunu comes up for parole on 29th October; and calls upon Her Majesty's Government to make all efforts, directly to the Israeli Government, in support of this application from a brave man.

This motion has been signed by a total of 59 MPs.

Llew Smith15/10/2002Blaenau GwentLabourProposed
Ernie Ross15/10/2002Dundee WestLabourSigned
Win Griffiths15/10/2002BridgendLabourSigned
George Galloway15/10/2002Glasgow, KelvinLabourSigned
Denzil Davies15/10/2002LlanelliLabourSigned
Wayne David15/10/2002CaerphillyLabourSigned
John Cryer15/10/2002HornchurchLabourSigned
Jim Marshall15/10/2002Leicester SouthLabourSigned
Ian Lucas15/10/2002WrexhamLabourSigned
Lynne Jones15/10/2002Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Dennis Skinner15/10/2002BolsoverLabourSigned
Chris Ruane15/10/2002Vale of ClwydLabourSigned
Chris Mullin15/10/2002Sunderland SouthLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn16/10/2002Islington NorthLabourSigned
Michael Weir16/10/2002AngusScottish National PartySigned
Robert Wareing16/10/2002Liverpool, West DerbyLabourSigned
Joan Walley16/10/2002Stoke-on-Trent NorthLabourSigned
Mike Hancock16/10/2002Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
John Cummings16/10/2002EasingtonLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell16/10/2002Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Edward O'Hara16/10/2002Knowsley SouthLabourSigned
Mark Lazarowicz16/10/2002Edinburgh North & LeithLabour Co-operativeSigned
Malcolm Savidge16/10/2002Aberdeen NorthLabourSigned
Bob Russell16/10/2002ColchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Tyler17/10/2002North CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Simon Thomas17/10/2002CeredigionPlaid CymruSigned
Harry Barnes17/10/2002North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Andrew George17/10/2002St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
Hywel Francis17/10/2002AberavonLabourSigned
Terry Davis17/10/2002Birmingham, Hodge HillLabourSigned
Martin Caton17/10/2002GowerLabourSigned
Colin Breed17/10/2002South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Rob Marris17/10/2002Wolverhampton South WestLabourSigned
Alice Mahon17/10/2002HalifaxLabourSigned
Kelvin Hopkins17/10/2002Luton NorthLabourSigned
Janet Dean17/10/2002BurtonLabourSigned
Bill Etherington21/10/2002Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Paul Flynn21/10/2002Newport WestLabourSigned
Neil Gerrard21/10/2002WalthamstowLabourSigned
Harry Cohen22/10/2002Leyton & WansteadLabourSigned
Ann Cryer22/10/2002KeighleyLabourSigned
Brian White22/10/2002North East Milton KeynesLabourSigned
Paul Marsden23/10/2002Shrewsbury & AtchamLiberal DemocratSigned
Harold Best23/10/2002Leeds North WestLabourSigned
David Drew23/10/2002StroudLabour Co-operativeSigned
David Chaytor23/10/2002Bury NorthLabourSigned
Richard Burden23/10/2002Birmingham, NorthfieldLabourSigned
Kevin McNamara23/10/2002Kingston upon Hull NorthLabourSigned
Elfyn Llwyd23/10/2002Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
Eric Illsley23/10/2002Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
Alan Simpson24/10/2002Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Matthew Green24/10/2002LudlowLiberal DemocratSigned
Colin Burgon29/10/2002ElmetLabourSigned
David Hamilton29/10/2002MidlothianLabourSigned
John Lyons30/10/2002Strathkelvin & BearsdenLabourSigned
Tony Lloyd04/11/2002Manchester CentralLabourSigned
John McDonnell06/11/2002Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
Michael Connarty06/11/2002Falkirk EastLabourSigned
Brian Cotter06/11/2002Weston-Super-MareLiberal DemocratSigned

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