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Situation Surrounding The Crime Of Rape In The UK

EDM number 1143 in 2005-06, proposed by Greg Mulholland on 29/11/2005.

That this House expresses deep concern at the worrying situation surrounding the crime of rape in this country; commends Amnesty International's report which records 13,000 rapes reported last year, which the British Crime Survey estimates is about 15 per cent. of the total number of rapes committed; notes that the conviction rate for rape is 5.6 per cent., the lowest ever recorded, whilst in 1977 a third of reported rapes led to a conviction; is appalled at the survey of attitude to rape, with a worrying number of people regarding women as being partially responsible for being raped if they are intoxicated or dress or behave in a certain way; condemns the outcome of the recent case which collapsed after the victim acknowledged that she had been too drunk to remember whether she had consented to sex which contradicts the amendment made two years ago which made it explicit that consent to sex requires the `freedom and capacity to make choice'; expresses alarm over the recent admission by chief police officers that there is still very little specialist provision for rape victims; believes unequivocally that there is never any excuse or justification for rape and that rape is entirely the fault of the rapist and not the victim; and calls for more to be done to change attitudes, to make more specialist provision for rape victims and to ensure higher rates of conviction with firmer sentences to send a very clear message that the abhorrent crime of rape will not be tolerated.

This motion has been signed by a total of 48 MPs.

Greg Mulholland29/11/2005Leeds North WestLiberal DemocratProposed
Bob Russell29/11/2005ColchesterLiberal DemocratSeconded
Vincent Cable29/11/2005TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSeconded
Mark Durkan30/11/2005FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySeconded
Rudi Vis30/11/2005Finchley and Golders GreenLabourSeconded
Gregory Campbell30/11/2005East LondonderryDUPSeconded
Iris Robinson30/11/2005StrangfordDUPSigned
Bob Spink30/11/2005Castle PointConservativeSigned
Glenda Jackson30/11/2005Hampstead and HighgateLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn30/11/2005Islington NorthLabourSigned
Mike Hancock30/11/2005Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Michael Weir30/11/2005AngusScottish National PartySigned
Lynne Jones01/12/2005Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Jim Devine01/12/2005LivingstonLabourSigned
Stephen Williams01/12/2005Bristol WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Andrew Dismore01/12/2005HendonLabourSigned
Harry Cohen01/12/2005Leyton and WansteadLabourSigned
Kelvin Hopkins01/12/2005Luton NorthLabourSigned
Alan Simpson02/12/2005Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Martin Caton02/12/2005GowerLabourSigned
Janet Dean02/12/2005BurtonLabourSigned
Bill Etherington02/12/2005Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Jo Swinson05/12/2005East DunbartonshireLiberal DemocratSigned
Tim Farron05/12/2005Westmorland and LonsdaleLiberal DemocratSigned
Diane Abbott05/12/2005Hackney North and Stoke NewingtonLabourSigned
Michael Clapham05/12/2005Barnsley West and PenistoneLabourSigned
Ann Cryer05/12/2005KeighleyLabourSigned
David Simpson06/12/2005Upper BannDUPSigned
Joan Humble06/12/2005Blackpool North and FleetwoodLabourSigned
Colin Breed06/12/2005South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Richard Burden06/12/2005Birmingham, NorthfieldLabourSigned
Janet Anderson06/12/2005Rossendale and DarwenLabourSigned
John Leech06/12/2005Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Mark Williams07/12/2005CeredigionLiberal DemocratSigned
Mark Hunter07/12/2005CheadleLiberal DemocratSigned
David Anderson07/12/2005BlaydonLabourSigned
Andrew George07/12/2005St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
Lindsay Hoyle07/12/2005ChorleyLabourSigned
Eric Illsley08/12/2005Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
Brian Jenkins08/12/2005TamworthLabourSigned
Rosie Cooper08/12/2005West LancashireLabourSigned
John Hemming12/12/2005Birmingham, YardleyLiberal DemocratSigned
Lady Hermon13/12/2005North DownUUPSigned
Hywel Francis13/12/2005AberavonLabourSigned
Martin Horwood13/12/2005CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Nick Harvey15/12/2005North DevonLiberal DemocratSigned
George Galloway09/01/2006Bethnal Green and BowRespectSigned
John McDonnell06/11/2006Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSigned

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