Early day motion 1636

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LIBEL REFORM

That this House welcomes the publication of the draft Defamation Bill as an essential step towards the necessary and urgent reform of the UK's outdated and unbalanced libel laws; notes that libel reform is a manifesto commitment from all three major parties, and was included in the Coalition programme; recognises that English libel law must allow individual citizens to be able to sue for libel when they have been the victim of false, irresponsible and damaging publications; further welcomes the inclusion of a new public interest defence in the draft Bill which should protect investigative journalism; believes this public interest defence should be strengthened to protect the citizen critic; further welcomes proposals in the Bill to raise the threshold of harm before action can be taken, to create statutory defences of truth and honest opinion, to introduce a single publication rule for the internet, and to reduce libel tourism; further believes that effective libel reform can only be delivered, and the chilling or censorious impact of bullying behaviour reduced, if companies and corporations are restricted to the use of malicious falsehood actions and if internet service providers and non-editorial web-hosts are only liable consequent to a specific order of a court, and welcomes the consultation on both these issues; applauds the efforts of the Libel Reform Campaign and hon. Members from all sides of the House in support of free expression; and looks forward to the draft Bill being strengthened as it goes through the scrutiny process.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Abrahams, Debbie Labour Party Oldham East and Saddleworth 24.05.2011
Allen, Graham Labour Party Nottingham North 05.04.2011
Bacon, Richard Conservative Party South Norfolk 24.03.2011
Barron, Kevin Labour Party Rother Valley 24.03.2011
Bayley, Hugh Labour Party York Central 12.05.2011
Begg, Anne Labour Party Aberdeen South 30.03.2011
Blenkinsop, Tom Labour Party Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland 11.05.2011
Blomfield, Paul Labour Party Sheffield Central 09.09.2011
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 21.03.2011
Brady, Graham Conservative Party Altrincham and Sale West 05.05.2011
Brake, Tom Liberal Democrats Carshalton and Wallington 31.03.2011
Bruce, Fiona Conservative Party Congleton 26.04.2011
Burt, Lorely Liberal Democrats Solihull 10.05.2011
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 23.03.2011
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 22.03.2011
Clark, Katy Labour Party North Ayrshire and Arran 16.05.2011
Cooper, Rosie Labour Party West Lancashire 05.09.2011
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 22.03.2011
Creasy, Stella Labour Party Walthamstow 19.07.2011
Cryer, John Labour Party Leyton and Wanstead 30.03.2011
Cunningham, Jim Labour Party Coventry South 12.05.2011
Davies, Philip Conservative Party Shipley 24.03.2011
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 24.03.2011
Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 24.03.2011
Engel, Natascha Labour Party North East Derbyshire 05.04.2011
Esterson, Bill Labour Party Sefton Central 01.02.2012
Farrelly, Paul Labour Party Newcastle-under-Lyme 22.03.2011
Farron, Tim Liberal Democrats Westmorland and Lonsdale 29.03.2011
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 28.03.2011
Foster, Don Liberal Democrats Bath 26.04.2011
George, Andrew Liberal Democrats St Ives 21.03.2011
Gilbert, Stephen Liberal Democrats St Austell and Newquay 01.04.2011
Gilmore, Sheila Labour Party Edinburgh East 31.03.2011
Glindon, Mary Labour Party North Tyneside 04.04.2011
Godsiff, Roger Labour Party Birmingham Hall Green 11.05.2011
Halfon, Robert Conservative Party Harlow 22.03.2011
Hames, Duncan Liberal Democrats Chippenham 26.04.2011
Hamilton, Fabian Labour Party Leeds North East 26.04.2011
Harris, Tom Labour Party Glasgow South 26.04.2011
Hepburn, Stephen Labour Party Jarrow 28.03.2011
Heyes, David Labour Party Ashton under Lyne 28.03.2011
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 30.03.2011
Horwood, Martin Liberal Democrats Cheltenham 28.04.2011
Huppert, Julian Liberal Democrats Cambridge 21.03.2011
Jackson, Glenda Labour Party Hampstead and Kilburn 24.03.2011
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 22.03.2011
Leigh, Edward Conservative Party Gainsborough 04.05.2011
Lloyd, Tony Labour Party Manchester Central 10.06.2011
Llwyd, Elfyn Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 31.03.2011
Long, Naomi Alliance Party Belfast East 14.12.2011
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 22.03.2011
MacShane, Denis Labour Party Rotherham 22.03.2011
Mann, John Labour Party Bassetlaw 04.04.2011
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 23.03.2011
Morrice, Graeme Labour Party Livingston 03.05.2011
Mudie, George Labour Party Leeds East 14.07.2011
Mulholland, Greg Liberal Democrats Leeds North West 13.05.2011
Osborne, Sandra Labour Party Ayr Carrick and Cumnock 29.03.2011
Qureshi, Yasmin Labour Party Bolton South East 19.05.2011
Reckless, Mark Conservative Party Rochester and Strood 22.03.2011
Riordan, Linda Labour Party Halifax 11.05.2011
Rogerson, Dan Liberal Democrats North Cornwall 04.05.2011
Ruddock, Joan Labour Party Lewisham Deptford 26.04.2011
Russell, Bob Liberal Democrats Colchester 21.03.2011
Sanders, Adrian Liberal Democrats Torbay 04.04.2011
Sarwar, Anas Labour Party Glasgow Central 26.04.2011
Sheridan, Jim Labour Party Paisley and Renfrewshire North 17.05.2011
Streeter, Gary Conservative Party South West Devon 30.03.2011
Stringer, Graham Labour Party Blackley and Broughton 31.01.2012
Swales, Ian Liberal Democrats Redcar 26.04.2011
Vaz, Keith Labour Party Leicester East 29.03.2011
Walker, Robin Conservative Party Worcester 12.05.2011
Walley, Joan Labour Party Stoke-on-Trent North 23.11.2011
Whittingdale, John Conservative Party Maldon 27.04.2011
Williams, Mark Liberal Democrats Ceredigion 01.04.2011
Williams, Roger Liberal Democrats Brecon and Radnorshire 18.05.2011
Williams, Stephen Liberal Democrats Bristol West 22.03.2011