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Swastika As A Religious Symbol

EDM number 565 in 2004-05, proposed by Stephen Pound on 20/01/2005.

That this House notes the campaign within the Hindu community to reclaim the ancient symbol of the swastika in the face of calls for a Europe-wide ban; notes that Hindu, Hain and Buddist communities have used the swastika as a symbol of peace, life and good fortune for several millenniums; fully understands and sympathises with the fears and concerns of the Jewish community and other victims of Nazism; believes that a Europe-wide ban would result in Hindus being deprived of a sacred symbol that is integral to their faith and the practice of their faith; and believes that a process of education, and of dialogue between communities should be instigated to remove any misconceptions about the use of the swastika for peaceful and religious purposes by Hindu, Jain and Buddist communities while totally condemning the use of the swastika to promote xenophobia and racial hatred.

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

Stephen Pound20/01/2005Ealing NorthLabourProposed
John Randall24/01/2005UxbridgeConservativeSigned
Martin Smyth24/01/2005Belfast SouthUUPSigned
Bob Spink24/01/2005Castle PointConservativeSigned
Jeremy Corbyn24/01/2005Islington NorthLabourSigned
David Drew24/01/2005StroudLabour Co-operativeSigned
Peter Bottomley24/01/2005Worthing WestConservativeSigned
Andrew Dismore25/01/2005HendonLabourSigned
Simon Thomas25/01/2005CeredigionPlaid CymruSigned
Roy Beggs25/01/2005East AntrimUUPSigned
Andrew George25/01/2005St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
Martin Caton25/01/2005GowerLabourSigned
Gregory Campbell25/01/2005East LondonderryDUPSigned
Elfyn Llwyd25/01/2005Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
Brian Iddon25/01/2005Bolton South EastLabourSigned
David Burnside26/01/2005South AntrimUUPSigned
Vincent Cable26/01/2005TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Nigel Evans27/01/2005Ribble ValleyConservativeSigned
David Wilshire27/01/2005SpelthorneConservativeSigned
Roger Williams27/01/2005Brecon & RadnorshireLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Tyler27/01/2005North CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
David Tredinnick27/01/2005BosworthConservativeSigned
John Battle27/01/2005Leeds WestLabourSigned
Harry Barnes27/01/2005North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Sue Doughty27/01/2005GuildfordLiberal DemocratSigned
Peter Luff27/01/2005Mid WorcestershireConservativeSigned
Iris Robinson31/01/2005StrangfordDUPSigned
Nick Harvey31/01/2005North DevonLiberal DemocratSigned
Rob Marris31/01/2005Wolverhampton South WestLabourSigned
Mike Hancock31/01/2005Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Jenny Tonge31/01/2005Richmond ParkLiberal DemocratSigned
Norman Baker01/02/2005LewesLiberal DemocratSigned
Tom Brake02/02/2005Carshalton & WallingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Eric Illsley03/02/2005Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
Alan Simpson04/02/2005Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Marsha Singh04/02/2005Bradford WestLabourSigned
Sarah Teather07/02/2005Brent EastLiberal DemocratSigned
Parmjit Gill06/04/2005Leicester SouthLiberal DemocratSigned

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