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Learie Constantine

EDM number 1468 in 2017-19, proposed by John Cryer on 28/06/2018.
Categorised under the topics of Death, Racial discrimination, Sports and Members of the Lords.

That this House notes with deep respect, gratitude and sadness the anniversary on 1 July of the death of Learie, Baron Constantine, barrister, politician, broadcaster, campaigner against racial discrimination and cricketing legend; further notes that Baron Constantine served both on the Race Relations Board and, through his pioneering legal case against Imperial London Hotels on the grounds of discrimination, paved the way for the Race Relations Act of 1965; notes that he led the way for black sportsmen and women in Britain during the 1920s and that he was a consistent and indefatigable campaigner against racial discrimination for many decades; notes that Baron Constantine was the first black person to sit in the House of Lords and the first West Indian cricketer to take a wicket in a Test match; and records with regret that Baron Constantine would have been deeply shocked at the treatment by the Home Office of many men and women of the West Indies who came to Britain to work hard and rebuild the country after the travails of the Second World War and yet whose contribution has often been dismissed and discarded.

This motion has been signed by a total of 16 MPs.

John Cryer28/06/2018Leyton and WansteadLabourProposed
David Lammy28/06/2018TottenhamLabourSeconded
Ellie Reeves28/06/2018Lewisham West and PengeLabourSeconded
Hugh Gaffney02/07/2018Coatbridge, Chryston and BellshillLabourSeconded
Peter Bottomley02/07/2018Worthing WestConservativeSeconded
Chris Stephens02/07/2018Glasgow South WestScottish National PartySeconded
Jim Shannon03/07/2018StrangfordDUPSigned
Kelvin Hopkins04/07/2018Luton NorthLabourSigned
Dennis Skinner04/07/2018BolsoverLabourSigned
Bob Blackman04/07/2018Harrow EastConservativeSigned
Jim Cunningham04/07/2018Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Helen Hayes09/07/2018Dulwich and West NorwoodLabourSigned
Ruth George12/07/2018High PeakLabourSigned
Alison Thewliss12/07/2018Glasgow CentralScottish National PartySigned
Alan Brown16/07/2018Kilmarnock and LoudounScottish National PartySigned
Drew Hendry16/07/2018Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and StrathspeyScottish National PartySigned

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