Early day motion 1238

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SQUATTING

That this House notes that just six months have passed since the offence of squatting in a residential building came into force; recalls that it was claimed that such an offence was necessary as the law did not support police acting when squatters were in someone's home and that no powers existed to throw them out; further notes that the organisation Squatters' Action for Secure Homes (SQUASH) has published an analysis of how the law has been used and presented it at a meeting in the House on 4 March 2013; is concerned by its finding that none of the 33 arrests known to have taken place to date have involved squatters displacing people from their homes and have in fact taken place in empty properties; believes that the offence is neither necessary to protect homeowners nor is it being used for that purpose; and therefore calls on the Government to bring forward legislative proposals for the repeal of section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Anderson, David Labour Party Blaydon 10.04.2013
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 25.03.2013
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 26.03.2013
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 22.03.2013
Crausby, David Labour Party Bolton North East 10.04.2013
Cunningham, Jim Labour Party Coventry South 15.04.2013
Dobbin, Jim Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 26.03.2013
Galloway, George Respect Bradford West 25.03.2013
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 10.04.2013
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 21.03.2013
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 26.03.2013
Morris, Grahame M Labour Party Easington 15.04.2013
Riordan, Linda Labour Party Halifax 26.03.2013