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Political Pluralism In Uganda

EDM number 752 in 2004-05, proposed by Simon Thomas on 22/02/2005.

That this House congratulates the Government for playing a leading role in supporting development efforts in Uganda, resulting in impressive achievements, particularly in combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic; welcomes the decision by President Museveni to lift the 18-year long restriction on political activities; also welcomes the August 2004 launch of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and the recent election of Dr Kizza Besigye as their national Chairman and prospective presidential candidate in 2006; further welcomes the efforts by FDC to forge a wider coalition of opposition parties; believes that only a united opposition can provide a healthy and vibrant counterbalance; regrets the reported public flogging by Government soldiers of opposition MPs and the ongoing arrests and detention of FDC leaders and supporters; also regrets the reported plans by President Museveni to amend the constitution so that he can rule indefinitely; and now calls on the Government to double its efforts in working bilaterally and with its EU partners to encourage the Ugandan authorities to co-operate with the opposition, and to create a level playing field if the 2006 presidential and parliamentary elections are to be free and fair.

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

Simon Thomas22/02/2005CeredigionPlaid CymruProposed
Rudi Vis23/02/2005Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
Peter Bottomley23/02/2005Worthing WestConservativeSigned
Ann Cryer23/02/2005KeighleyLabourSigned
Martin Caton23/02/2005GowerLabourSigned
Albert Owen23/02/2005Ynys MLabourSigned
Kevin McNamara23/02/2005Kingston upon Hull NorthLabourSigned
Elfyn Llwyd23/02/2005Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
Martin Smyth23/02/2005Belfast SouthUUPSigned
Syd Rapson24/02/2005Portsmouth NorthLabourSigned
Lynne Jones24/02/2005Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
John McDonnell24/02/2005Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
Win Griffiths24/02/2005BridgendLabourSigned
Paul Tyler24/02/2005North CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Derek Wyatt24/02/2005Sittingbourne & SheppeyLabourSigned
Rob Marris25/02/2005Wolverhampton South WestLabourSigned
Bill Etherington25/02/2005Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Richard Burden25/02/2005Birmingham, NorthfieldLabourSigned
Adam Price25/02/2005Carmarthen East & DinefwrPlaid CymruSigned
Mike Hancock28/02/2005Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Betty Williams28/02/2005ConwyLabourSigned
Nigel Jones01/03/2005CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Tom Brake01/03/2005Carshalton & WallingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
David Drew01/03/2005StroudLabour Co-operativeSigned
Iris Robinson02/03/2005StrangfordDUPSigned
John Pugh03/03/2005SouthportLiberal DemocratSigned
Brian Jenkins03/03/2005TamworthLabourSigned
Nigel Evans04/03/2005Ribble ValleyConservativeSigned
Tony Clarke08/03/2005Northampton SouthLabourSigned
Andy Reed10/03/2005LoughboroughLabour Co-operativeSigned
Alan Simpson14/03/2005Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Roger Williams14/03/2005Brecon & RadnorshireLiberal DemocratSigned
Hywel Williams15/03/2005CaernarfonPlaid CymruSigned

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