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Parthenon Sculptures

EDM number 295 in 2015-16, proposed by Jeremy Lefroy on 14/07/2015.
Categorised under the topics of Art works, Cultural heritage, Museums and galleries and Western Europe.

That this House is aware that many of the Parthenon sculptures, controversially removed from Athens by Lord Elgin between 1801 and 1812 during the Ottoman occupation of Greece, were then purchased from him by the Government following a decision in Parliament in 1816, and remain on display in the British Museum, to which they were transferred by Act of Parliament also in 1816; notes that, when presented with the facts, the UK public favours the reunification of the Parthenon sculptures in Athens with those now displayed in the purpose-built Acropolis Museum in the shadow of the Parthenon; and calls on the Government, working with the Trustees of the British Museum, to engage in a gracious act to reunite these Parthenon sculptures with those in Athens and with the people of Greece on the 200th anniversary of the purchase from Lord Elgin.

This motion has been signed by a total of 19 MPs.

MPDateConstituencyPartyType
Jeremy Lefroy14/07/2015StaffordConservativeProposed
Paul Monaghan15/07/2015Caithness, Sutherland and Easter RossScottish National PartySeconded
Paul Flynn15/07/2015Newport WestLabourSeconded
Alex Salmond15/07/2015Seconded
Martyn Day15/07/2015Linlithgow and East FalkirkScottish National PartySeconded
Alan Meale15/07/2015MansfieldLabourSeconded
Brendan O'Hara15/07/2015Argyll and ButeScottish National PartySigned
Michelle Thomson16/07/2015Edinburgh WestScottish National PartySigned
Chris Law16/07/2015Dundee WestScottish National PartySigned
Mary Glindon16/07/2015North TynesideLabourSigned
John McDonnell16/07/2015Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSigned
Phil Boswell16/07/2015Coatbridge, Chryston and BellshillScottish National PartySigned
Liz Saville Roberts16/07/2015Dwyfor MeirionnyddPlaid CymruSigned
Jeremy Corbyn20/07/2015Islington NorthLabourSigned
Corri Wilson20/07/2015Ayr, Carrick and CumnockScottish National PartySigned
David Anderson21/07/2015BlaydonLabourSigned
Rachael Maskell07/09/2015York CentralLabour/Co-operativeSigned
Alasdair McDonnell08/09/2015Belfast SouthSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Yasmin Qureshi26/10/2015Bolton South EastLabourSigned

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