Early day motion 1264

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ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF WILLIAM COBBETT

That this House notes that 9 March 2013 was the 250th anniversary of the birthday of William Cobbett who was instrumental in the passage of the 1832 Reform Act and who subsequently became the hon. Member for Oldham; welcomes the efforts of the William Cobbett Society based in Farnham, Cobbett's birthplace, to celebrate his birthday and to raise his profile beyond Surrey, Hampshire and Oldham; further notes that he was a tireless campaigner against corruption and exploitation of the underprivileged and fought hard for parliamentary and social reform; further notes that his main contribution was to publish and write most of the weekly Political Register from 1802 to his death in 1835; further notes, however, that he is best remembered for establishing Hansard, for his book, Rural Rides, which is still in print and for the two years he spent in Newgate jail for seditious libel since the defence of telling the truth was inadmissible in those days; further notes that he was usually contentious, sometimes contradictory, always readable and often funny; and pays tribute to his life and work in 2013, his anniversary year.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Anderson, David Labour Party Blaydon 22.04.2013
Bayley, Hugh Labour Party York Central 17.04.2013
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 15.04.2013
Brady, Graham Conservative Party Altrincham and Sale West 18.04.2013
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 16.04.2013
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 17.04.2013
Dobbin, Jim Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 17.04.2013
Gapes, Mike Labour Party Ilford South 24.04.2013
George, Andrew Liberal Democrats St Ives 17.04.2013
Gray, James Conservative Party North Wiltshire 23.04.2013
Hermon, Lady INDEPENDENT North Down 24.04.2013
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 16.04.2013
Howarth, George Labour Party Knowsley 16.04.2013
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 22.04.2013
Llwyd, Elfyn Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 23.04.2013
Marsden, Gordon Labour Party Blackpool South 23.04.2013
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 16.04.2013
Meacher, Michael Labour Party Oldham West and Royton 15.04.2013
Murphy, Paul Labour Party Torfaen 18.04.2013
Osborne, Sandra Labour Party Ayr Carrick and Cumnock 23.04.2013
Ruane, Chris Labour Party Vale of Clwyd 23.04.2013
Sharma, Virendra Labour Party Ealing Southall 17.04.2013
Stringer, Graham Labour Party Blackley and Broughton 24.04.2013
Williams, Stephen Liberal Democrats Bristol West 17.04.2013