Early day motion 1331

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JOHN LEWIS PARTNERSHIP AND EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS

That this House recognises the importance of manufacturing industries to the parliamentary constituencies of Carlisle, Rossendale and Darwen and Hyndburn; is seriously concerned that Apex Textiles which, 18 months ago, took over the businesses of JH Birtwistle in Haslingden and Stead McAlpin in Carlisle from the John Lewis Partnership, with a commitment to honour the John Lewis terms of employment for any workers facing redundancy within two years, has now reneged on that commitment as a result of that company being called into administration; understands that, in the current climate, such a demand on Apex Textiles would have been difficult, if not impossible, to meet; considers, therefore, that John Lewis has a moral obligation to help to honour the terms and conditions its former employees would have enjoyed; notes that the John Lewis website claims that the company is an employer of distinction with the happiness of all its members at the heart of the John Lewis Partnership and that it also credits its founder, John Spedon Lewis, with a corporate conscience; and calls on the Government to impress upon the John Lewis Partnership its moral obligation to meet and fund the terms and conditions of those who have now lost their livelihoods, in the recognition that, if it does not, its claim to be an employer of distinction will no longer be taken seriously.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Anderson, Janet Labour Party Rossendale and Darwen 22.04.2009
Borrow, David S Labour Party South Ribble 29.04.2009
Burgon, Colin Labour Party Elmet 28.04.2009
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 29.04.2009
Clapham, Michael Labour Party Barnsley West and Penistone 05.05.2009
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 23.04.2009
Crausby, David Labour Party Bolton North East 15.07.2009
Cryer, Ann Labour Party Keighley 23.04.2009
Cummings, John Labour Party Easington 28.04.2009
Devine, Jim Labour Party Livingston 28.04.2009
Dowd, Jim Labour Party Lewisham West 22.04.2009
Drew, David Labour Party Stroud 29.04.2009
Etherington, Bill Labour Party Sunderland North 23.04.2009
Hamilton, David Labour Party Midlothian 05.05.2009
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South 23.04.2009
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 13.10.2009
Hoyle, Lindsay Labour Party Chorley 28.04.2009
Illsley, Eric Labour Party Barnsley Central 01.06.2009
Jenkins, Brian Labour Party Tamworth 30.04.2009
Mackinlay, Andrew Labour Party Thurrock 23.04.2009
Martlew, Eric Labour Party Carlisle 22.04.2009
McCartney, Ian Labour Party Makerfield 28.04.2009
McGovern, Jim Labour Party Dundee West 27.04.2009
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 23.04.2009
Pope, Greg Labour Party Hyndburn 22.04.2009
Riordan, Linda Labour Party Halifax 29.04.2009
Simpson, Alan Labour Party Nottingham South 06.05.2009
Singh, Marsha Labour Party Bradford West 27.04.2009
Vis, Rudi Labour Party Finchley and Golders Green 06.05.2009
Wareing, Robert N Labour Party Liverpool West Derby 24.04.2009