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Forced Child Adoption

EDM number 301 in 2014-15, proposed by John Leech on 01/09/2014.
Categorised under the topics of Australasia, Children and families and Children's social services.

That this House recognises the suffering that forced child adoptions during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s caused, which took place owing to social pressures on women who had children outside marriage; notes the unacceptable adoption and care practices of the past, such as not giving information about welfare services including housing and financial help which were available at the time, and not questioning whether women putting their children up for adoption had given informed consent; further recognises the negligence of previous governments, with regard to ensuring that the care provided for unmarried mothers was appropriate and that they and their children were not mistreated or discriminated against, resulting in many women suffering traumatising pre and post-natal experiences and children being denied contact with their birth parents; further notes that the Australian Prime Minister has in 2014 apologised to the victims of forced adoptions in Australia; and therefore calls on the Government to apologise in order to go some way towards helping the parents and children who were victims of these practices.

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

John Leech01/09/2014Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratProposed
Jim Shannon01/09/2014StrangfordDUPSeconded
Mark Durkan01/09/2014FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySeconded
Michael Connarty01/09/2014Linlithgow and East FalkirkLabourSeconded
David Simpson02/09/2014Upper BannDUPSeconded
Alan Meale02/09/2014MansfieldLabourSeconded
Margaret Ritchie02/09/2014South DownSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Jim Dobbin02/09/2014Heywood and MiddletonLabourSigned
Kelvin Hopkins02/09/2014Luton NorthLabourSigned
David Ward02/09/2014Bradford EastLiberal DemocratSigned
Martin Caton03/09/2014GowerLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell03/09/2014Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Alasdair McDonnell03/09/2014Belfast SouthSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
William McCrea03/09/2014South AntrimDUPSigned
Mike Hancock03/09/2014Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Virendra Sharma03/09/2014Ealing, SouthallLabourSigned
Annette Brooke04/09/2014Mid Dorset and North PooleLiberal DemocratSigned
Mark Williams08/09/2014CeredigionLiberal DemocratSigned
Elfyn Llwyd09/09/2014Dwyfor MeirionnyddPlaid CymruSigned
Jeremy Corbyn10/09/2014Islington NorthLabourSigned
Jeffrey M Donaldson10/09/2014Lagan ValleyDUPSigned
Andrew George11/09/2014St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
Valerie Vaz12/09/2014Walsall SouthLabourSigned
Paul Flynn12/09/2014Newport WestLabourSigned
John McDonnell12/09/2014Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSigned
Caroline Lucas12/09/2014Brighton, PavilionGreenSigned
Yasmin Qureshi13/10/2014Bolton South EastLabourSigned
Naomi Long13/10/2014Belfast EastAllianceSigned
Mark Hunter14/10/2014CheadleLiberal DemocratSigned
Ian Paisley Jnr14/10/2014North AntrimDUPSigned
Roger Godsiff15/10/2014Birmingham, Hall GreenLabourSigned
David Crausby21/10/2014Bolton North EastLabourSigned
Martin Horwood05/01/2015CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned

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