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Christian Holy Days And Commercial Activities

EDM number 149 in 2004-05, proposed by Adrian Sanders on 24/11/2004.

That this House notes neither Good Friday nor Christmas Day are included in the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 on the grounds that they are traditional days of rest and worship; further notes that the restrictions under the Sunday Trading Act 1994 do not apply to either of these important days in the Christian calendar; recognises that competitive pressures find many Christians in a position where they feel compelled to work on these days, and that many Christians view commercial activities on these days as showing a disregard and disrespect for their religion; and therefore calls upon Her Majesty's Government to review existing legislation relating to the holiest days in the Christian calendar and bring forward change that will protect Christians from being compelled to engage in commercial activities on Good Friday and Christmas Day.

This motion has been signed by a total of 38 MPs.

Adrian Sanders24/11/2004TorbayLiberal DemocratProposed
Martin Smyth25/11/2004Belfast SouthUUPSigned
Paul Tyler25/11/2004North CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Peter Bottomley29/11/2004Worthing WestConservativeSigned
Andrew Stunell29/11/2004Hazel GroveLiberal DemocratSigned
David Taylor29/11/2004North West LeicestershireLabour Co-operativeSigned
Alistair Burt30/11/2004North East BedfordshireConservativeSigned
Betty Williams30/11/2004ConwyLabourSigned
Simon Thomas30/11/2004CeredigionPlaid CymruSigned
Kevin McNamara30/11/2004Kingston upon Hull NorthLabourSigned
John McDonnell30/11/2004Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
Paul Keetch30/11/2004HerefordLiberal DemocratSigned
Alan Hurst30/11/2004BraintreeLabourSigned
Bob Russell30/11/2004ColchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
Colin Breed01/12/2004South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Martin Caton01/12/2004GowerLabourSigned
Nigel Dodds01/12/2004Belfast NorthDUPSigned
Jeffrey M Donaldson01/12/2004Lagan ValleyDUPSigned
Win Griffiths01/12/2004BridgendLabourSigned
Marsha Singh02/12/2004Bradford WestLabourSigned
Roy Beggs02/12/2004East AntrimUUPSigned
David Drew02/12/2004StroudLabour Co-operativeSigned
Janet Dean02/12/2004BurtonLabourSigned
Ann Cryer02/12/2004KeighleyLabourSigned
Albert Owen02/12/2004Ynys MLabourSigned
Nigel Jones02/12/2004CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Simon Hughes02/12/2004North Southwark & BermondseyLiberal DemocratSigned
Annette Brooke06/12/2004Mid Dorset & North PooleLiberal DemocratSigned
Patsy Calton06/12/2004CheadleLiberal DemocratSigned
Edward Davey06/12/2004Kingston & SurbitonLiberal DemocratSigned
John Pugh07/12/2004SouthportLiberal DemocratSigned
Andy Reed07/12/2004LoughboroughLabour Co-operativeSigned
Jenny Tonge07/12/2004Richmond ParkLiberal DemocratSigned
Richard Younger-Ross07/12/2004TeignbridgeLiberal DemocratSigned
John Gummer09/12/2004Suffolk CoastalConservativeSigned
Alan Simpson13/12/2004Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Andrew Rosindell21/02/2005RomfordConservativeSigned
Parmjit Gill06/04/2005Leicester SouthLiberal DemocratSigned

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