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Poet Laureate Verse On Motives For War In Iraq

EDM number 489 in 2002-03, proposed by Lynne Jones on 09/01/2003.

That this House congratulates the Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, on his verse about the motives for a war in Iraq, Causa Belli, which reads 'They read good books, and quote, but never learn a language other than the scream of rocket-burn. Our straighter talk is drowned but ironclad: elections, money, empire, oil and Dad;' supports the view that maintaining a close relationship with the USA is not a sufficient justification for UK participation in a war against Iraq; notes that a large proportion of the public do not believe that the threat posed by Iraq is sufficiently imminent or grave to constitute a moral basis for war; calls on the Government to be candid about the Causa Belli, meaning the causes, motives or pretexts of war, in relation to Iraq; further notes the comment of the Secretary of State for Defence on 7th January 2002 that there would be a vote in the House when rather than if military decisions have been taken and military action decided on; and calls for a substantive motion on whether there is a moral basis for attacking Iraq to be put to the House before any decision is taken to go to war.

This motion has been signed by a total of 28 MPs.

Lynne Jones09/01/2003Birmingham, Selly OakLabourProposed
Alan Simpson13/01/2003Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Kelvin Hopkins13/01/2003Luton NorthLabourSigned
Kevin McNamara13/01/2003Kingston upon Hull NorthLabourSigned
Harry Cohen13/01/2003Leyton & WansteadLabourSigned
Harry Barnes13/01/2003North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Simon Thomas13/01/2003CeredigionPlaid CymruSigned
Rudi Vis13/01/2003Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
Chris McCafferty14/01/2003Calder ValleyLabourSigned
Jenny Tonge14/01/2003Richmond ParkLiberal DemocratSigned
Robert Wareing14/01/2003Liverpool, West DerbyLabourSigned
Mike Hancock15/01/2003Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Jeremy Corbyn16/01/2003Islington NorthLabourSigned
Ian Gibson16/01/2003Norwich NorthLabourSigned
Martin Caton16/01/2003GowerLabourSigned
Terry Lewis16/01/2003WorsleyLabourSigned
Helen Clark20/01/2003PeterboroughLabourSigned
Paul Flynn20/01/2003Newport WestLabourSigned
Nigel Jones21/01/2003CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Bill Etherington21/01/2003Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Harold Best21/01/2003Leeds North WestLabourSigned
David Chaytor23/01/2003Bury NorthLabourSigned
Sue Doughty23/01/2003GuildfordLiberal DemocratSigned
John McDonnell28/01/2003Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
John Austin28/01/2003Erith & ThamesmeadLabourSigned
Marsha Singh30/01/2003Bradford WestLabourSigned
David Taylor30/01/2003North West LeicestershireLabour Co-operativeSigned
John Lyons07/02/2003Strathkelvin & BearsdenLabourSigned

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