EDM #2276, Tabled 08 April 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this house notes the contribution of 1 million euros made by Borussia Dortmund Football Club towards the expansion of Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Israel; congratulates the club for their commitment to the memory of the Holocaust and their ongoing action against modern day antisemitism; further highlights an example of best practice and leadership shown by Borussia Dortmund; and looks forward to similar significant contributions to tackling anti-racism across the football world.
Hong Kong Extradition Law
EDM #2254, Tabled 29 March 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House is concerned about proposed changes to Hong Kong’s extradition law to allow the Hong Kong Chief Executive to extradite fugitives to non-contracting jurisdictions including the People’s Republic of China; is further concerned that this could facilitate the extradition of pro-democracy activists, journalists, dissidents and foreign nationals including business leaders; notes that the American Chamber of Commerce has expressed grave concerns about the implications of the law for Hong Kong’s status as an international financial hub; and urges the United Kingdom Government to raise the issue with the Government of Hong Kong and to consider whether these reforms have implications for the United Kingdom’s existing extradition arrangements with Hong Kong.
Enforcement of the Socio-Economic Duty in Section 1 of the Equality Act 2010
EDM #2249, Tabled 28 March 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House notes with deep concern the high levels of income and wealth inequality in the UK; notes the Trussell Trust figures which show 660,000 people in the UK are relying on foodbanks, up 13 per cent on 2016-17; commends the Scottish Government for bringing into force the socio-economic duty in Section 1 of the Equality Act 2010 in April 2018; notes the progress to commence the socio-economic duty in Wales; welcomes the efforts of some local authorities to implement the socio-economic duty in their budgets and strategic planning and calls on all local authorities to do so; commends the work of Thrive Teeside and ATD Fourth World UK; and calls on the Government to bring Section 1 of the Equality Act 2010 into effect including listening to and drawing on the experience of those who have lived in poverty.
Tackling Bullying and Harassment in Parliament
EDM #2244, Tabled 27 March 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House acknowledges the progress made towards addressing sexual harassment in Parliament as a workplace with the establishment of a bicameral working group on an lndependent Complaints and Grievance Policy and the subsequent creation of two new independent helpline services; recognises the important work done by Laura Cox QC, Gemma White QC, Naomi Ellenbogen QC, and Rt. Hon Andrea Leadsom in launching independent inquiries into bullying and harassment in Parliament; considers that further action is needed to ensure Parliament is a best practice workplace and to address continuing gaps in the protections afforded to individuals; urges the Government to reform legislation so that MPs and volunteers are covered under existing laws, strengthen and reinstate Section 40 of the Equality Act to provide third party protection for all workers, impose a new legal duty on employers, backed up with a statutory code of practice, to prevent and tackle sexual harassment, implement the recommendations made in Dame Laura Cox’s report that would ensure Parliament’s processes are completely independent, transparent and prioritise the wishes of the complainant; and urges Parliament to work proactively with political parties to ensure the establishment of independent and effective complaints policies to adequately address sexual harassment within political parties.
Developing Innovative Science – Better for Animals and People
EDM #2228, Tabled 26 March 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House recognises the economic and scientific need to support advanced scientific human-relevant research methods; notes that the goal of Recital 10 of EU Directive 2010/63/EU is ‘full replacement of procedures on live animals for scientific and educational purposes as soon as scientifically possible’; supports the Declaration for Advanced Science, championed by Animal Defenders International, supported by scientists and other stakeholders and acknowledging that animal models can provide misleading results; and calls for the Government to lead globally in the development of innovative science, better for animals and people, by supporting research and considering legislative measures which facilitate and accelerate the realisation of this goal.
EDM #2224, Tabled 25 March 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House welcomes the Government’s commitment to roll out free sanitary products across NHS hospitals and secondary schools in England; notes however that periods may start as early as 8 years old; is appalled that pupils in England are missing time in school, college and university because of a lack of access to sanitary products; is alarmed at reports that 40 per cent of girls in the UK have used toilet roll because they couldn’t afford menstrual products; and calls on the Government to expand its commitment to include primary schools, colleges, universities and NHS GP surgeries in England.