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French Ban On Religious Symbols

EDM number 480 in 2003-04, proposed by Alex Salmond on 26/01/2004.

That this House registers its concern about the French Government's proposed law to ban the wearing of religious symbols in state schools and other public buildings, including the Muslim hijab, the Jewish skullcap and Christian crosses; expresses its further concern about the remarks of French Education Minister, M. Luc Ferry, that bandanas and even beards in schools could be prohibited under this law, if worn as a religious symbol; believes that such a decision constitutes a breach of human rights and a contravention of the notions of secularism which uphold personal freedoms and liberties, including the right to religious expression; is worried that other parts of Europe may be encouraged to follow the French example; and supports the peaceful demonstrations that took place in many European cities on 17th January to protest against this breach of civil liberties.

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

Alex Salmond26/01/2004Banff & BuchanScottish National PartyProposed
Annabelle Ewing26/01/2004PerthScottish National PartySigned
Angus Robertson27/01/2004MorayScottish National PartySigned
Harry Cohen27/01/2004Leyton & WansteadLabourSigned
Andrew George27/01/2004St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
Simon Thomas27/01/2004CeredigionPlaid CymruSigned
Michael Weir27/01/2004AngusScottish National PartySigned
Pete Wishart27/01/2004North TaysideScottish National PartySigned
Rudi Vis28/01/2004Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
Harry Barnes29/01/2004North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Andrew Dismore30/01/2004HendonLabourSigned
Keith Vaz02/02/2004Leicester EastLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn03/02/2004Islington NorthLabourSigned
Patrick Hall03/02/2004BedfordLabourSigned
Martin Caton03/02/2004GowerLabourSigned
Patsy Calton03/02/2004CheadleLiberal DemocratSigned
Elfyn Llwyd04/02/2004Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
Tom Brake04/02/2004Carshalton & WallingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Gregory Campbell04/02/2004East LondonderryDUPSigned
Frank Cook04/02/2004Stockton NorthLabourSigned
Alan Simpson05/02/2004Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Nigel Jones05/02/2004CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Rob Marris05/02/2004Wolverhampton South WestLabourSigned
John McDonnell05/02/2004Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
David Drew05/02/2004StroudLabour Co-operativeSigned
Bill Etherington05/02/2004Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Clare Short24/02/2004Birmingham, LadywoodLabourSigned
Mark Lazarowicz02/03/2004Edinburgh North & LeithLabour Co-operativeSigned

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