Early day motion 2470

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TURNER AND NEWALL AND SIR CYRIL SMITH

That this House notes that for decades the asbestos industry covered up the fatal health threat posed by the carcinogenic mineral; further notes that some 4,000 people a year die from incurable asbestos-related diseases; expresses disquiet over letters revealing that on 5th August 1981 the then hon. Member for Rochdale, Sir Cyril Smith, asked Turner and Newall, a major asbestos corporation, to supply a speech to make in the Chamber of the House in a debate on asbestos controls; is disturbed that the letter of 5th August 1981 stated `could you please, within the next eight weeks, let me have the speech you would like to make (were you able to!) in the debate?'; believes such action was dishonourable and not in the interests of the public nor in the finest tradition of this House; and expresses its support for those now demanding that the former hon. Member for Rochdale be stripped of his knighthood.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Anderson, Janet Labour Party Rossendale and Darwen 13.11.2008
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 12.11.2008
Clapham, Michael Labour Party Barnsley West and Penistone 13.11.2008
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 12.11.2008
Cryer, Ann Labour Party Keighley 13.11.2008
Devine, Jim Labour Party Livingston 17.11.2008
Dowd, Jim Labour Party Lewisham West 13.11.2008
Drew, David Labour Party Stroud 13.11.2008
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 12.11.2008
Hepburn, Stephen Labour Party Jarrow 11.11.2008
Williams, Betty Labour Party Conwy 17.11.2008