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Workload Of The Lord Chancellor

EDM number 729 in 2002-03, proposed by Austin Mitchell on 12/02/2003.

That this House, seeing that the office of the Lord Chancellor requires the incumbent to function under strain with too heavy a work burden and perform too many roles and carry out too many jobs for any one person, however hard working, brilliant or highly paid, urges the Government to lighten the enormous load by creating a Ministry of Justice with a Minister in the Commons to modernise justice and make the legal system answerable to Parliament, by setting up a new Supreme Court and an independent Judical Appointment Commission to appoint all members of the judiciary, and by making the Lord Chief Justice the non-political head of the judiciary, thus setting the Lord Chancellor free to perform the most demanding job, that of presiding over the House of Lords.

This motion has been signed by a total of 33 MPs.

Austin Mitchell12/02/2003Great GrimsbyLabourProposed
Robert Marshall-Andrews12/02/2003MedwayLabourSigned
Frank Field12/02/2003BirkenheadLabourSigned
Mark Fisher12/02/2003Stoke-on-Trent CentralLabourSigned
Vera Baird12/02/2003RedcarLabourSigned
David Drew13/02/2003StroudLabour Co-operativeSigned
Brian White13/02/2003North East Milton KeynesLabourSigned
Paul Tyler13/02/2003North CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Harry Barnes13/02/2003North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Andrew Dismore13/02/2003HendonLabourSigned
Terry Davis13/02/2003Birmingham, Hodge HillLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn13/02/2003Islington NorthLabourSigned
Michael Clapham13/02/2003Barnsley West & PenistoneLabourSigned
Vincent Cable13/02/2003TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Alice Mahon13/02/2003HalifaxLabourSigned
Lynne Jones13/02/2003Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Kelvin Hopkins13/02/2003Luton NorthLabourSigned
Paul Holmes13/02/2003ChesterfieldLiberal DemocratSigned
Gordon Prentice13/02/2003PendleLabourSigned
Ann Clwyd13/02/2003Cynon ValleyLabourSigned
Rudi Vis24/02/2003Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
Neil Gerrard24/02/2003WalthamstowLabourSigned
John McDonnell24/02/2003Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
Elfyn Llwyd25/02/2003Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
John Cryer27/02/2003HornchurchLabourSigned
David Marshall28/02/2003Glasgow, ShettlestonLabourSigned
Andy King04/03/2003Rugby & KenilworthLabourSigned
Rob Marris06/03/2003Wolverhampton South WestLabourSigned
Bill Etherington12/03/2003Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Doug Naysmith13/03/2003Bristol North WestLabour Co-operativeSigned
Annabelle Ewing13/03/2003PerthScottish National PartySigned
Alan Simpson20/03/2003Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Nigel Jones02/04/2003CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned

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