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Parthenon Sculptures

EDM number 1488 in 2017-19, proposed by Jeremy Lefroy on 04/07/2018.
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.

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

MPDateConstituencyPartyType
Jeremy Lefroy04/07/2018StaffordConservativeProposed
Chris Stephens05/07/2018Glasgow South WestScottish National PartySeconded
Layla Moran09/07/2018Oxford West and AbingdonLiberal DemocratSeconded
Albert Owen10/07/2018Ynys MLabourSeconded
Liz Saville Roberts10/07/2018Dwyfor MeirionnyddPlaid CymruSeconded
Marie Rimmer10/07/2018St Helens South and WhistonLabourSeconded
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
David Linden16/07/2018Glasgow EastScottish National PartySigned
Chris Law16/07/2018Dundee WestScottish National PartySigned

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