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Icelandic Debt And Accountability Of Bankers

EDM number 554 in 2009-10, proposed by Austin Mitchell on 07/01/2010.
Categorised under the topics of Europe, Financial institutions and International politics and government.

That this House sympathises that the decision of the Icelandic President to refer his Government's proposals to pay the large sums owing to the British and Dutch governments for compensation paid out to their citizens saving with Icesave is sensible, fair, and democratic in the light of the fact that both Icelandic citizens, and British citizens, were not consulted by their bankers about the irresponsible risk their banks were running and the enormous debts that resulted and should have a right to say whether these debts should be foisted on the people; considers that though the British Government has paid massive compensation to its own irresponsible bankers, it is hardly reasonable to expect a more intimate and direct democracy to ask its people to shoulder bigger debts without their consent; and suggests that rather than threatening Iceland the Government should accept that mistakes were made by British regulatory authorities as well as Icelandic regulators; and therefore considers that the Government should negotiate a revised deal with Iceland and come to sensible arrangements for sharing the burden, rather than imposing the whole of it on a nation whose economic health is in the UK's interests, and which therefore should not be crushed by an unsupportable burden of debt.

This motion has been signed by a total of 11 MPs.

Austin Mitchell07/01/2010Great GrimsbyLabourProposed
Nick Harvey11/01/2010North DevonLiberal DemocratSeconded
Jeremy Corbyn11/01/2010Islington NorthLabourSeconded
Kelvin Hopkins12/01/2010Luton NorthLabourSeconded
Colin Burgon12/01/2010ElmetLabourSeconded
Alan Simpson12/01/2010Nottingham SouthLabourSeconded
John McDonnell12/01/2010Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell13/01/2010Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Dai Davies13/01/2010Blaenau GwentIndependentSigned
Andrew Stunell25/01/2010Hazel GroveLiberal DemocratSigned
Michael Clapham27/01/2010Barnsley West and PenistoneLabourSigned

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