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Northern Ireland Exiles

EDM number 616 in 2001-02, proposed by Lembit Opik on 19/12/2001.

That this House notes that many people have been and, in far too many cases, remain exiled from their homes and loved ones in Northern Ireland owing to threats of paramilitary intimidation, assault and murder; echoes the comment of the Victims' Commissioner, Sir Kenneth Bloomfield that 'it would be a strange aspect of any society attempting reconciliation if convicted prisoners were able to return home while unconvicted people felt unsafe to do so'; contrasts this continuing scandal of paramilitary fatwas with current negotiations to waive outstanding legal proceedings against several members of the Provisional IRA - the 'On-the-Runs' - who are wanted in connection with terrorist offences, including murder in Northern Ireland, but who are living outside UK jurisdiction; and urges the British and Irish Governments to bring pressure to bear, in their discussions with the paramilitary-linked parties, to lift their expulsion orders and threats against those who have been exiled so that they can return home in safety from this Christmas.

This motion has been signed by a total of 26 MPs.

Lembit 19/12/2001MontgomeryshireLiberal DemocratProposed
Harry Barnes19/12/2001North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Peter Bottomley19/12/2001Worthing WestConservativeSigned
Lynne Jones08/01/2002Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Tony Colman08/01/2002PutneyLabourSigned
Rudi Vis08/01/2002Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
Bob Russell09/01/2002ColchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Holmes09/01/2002ChesterfieldLiberal DemocratSigned
Andrew MacKay09/01/2002BracknellConservativeSigned
Paul Marsden09/01/2002Shrewsbury & AtchamLiberal DemocratSigned
Ian Davidson09/01/2002Glasgow, PollokLabour Co-operativeSigned
Jeffrey M Donaldson09/01/2002Lagan ValleyUUPSigned
John McWilliam10/01/2002BlaydonLabourSigned
Harold Best10/01/2002Leeds North WestLabourSigned
Martin Caton10/01/2002GowerLabourSigned
Paul Keetch10/01/2002HerefordLiberal DemocratSigned
Lady Hermon11/01/2002North DownUUPSigned
John Barrett11/01/2002Edinburgh WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Rob Marris14/01/2002Wolverhampton South WestLabourSigned
Ann Cryer14/01/2002KeighleyLabourSigned
David Drew14/01/2002StroudLabour Co-operativeSigned
Andrew George15/01/2002St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
Matthew Green15/01/2002LudlowLiberal DemocratSigned
Michael Mates23/01/2002East HampshireConservativeSigned
Roy Beggs31/01/2002East AntrimUUPSigned
Alan Simpson07/03/2002Nottingham SouthLabourSigned

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