Early day motion 548

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PARTHENON MARBLES

That this House is aware that half of the Parthenon sculptures, controversially removed from Athens by Lord Elgin 210 years ago using a flimsy legal justification during the Ottoman occupation of Greece, remain on display in the British Museum; notes that, when presented with the facts, the British public favours the reunification of the Parthenon Marbles in Athens; and that at the Intelligence Squared debate on 11 June 2012, the audience voted 384 to 125 in favour of return, having marginally voted in favour of their retention before the debate commenced; further notes the opinion poll being conducted by the Journal of the Museums Association which showed 73 per cent in favour of reunification and 27 per cent against; is aware that the British Museum has abandoned most of its conventional arguments and now advances the novel concept of a universal museum; believes that in view of the uniqueness of the case for the reunification of these sculptures, it would consequently not constitute a precedent for other restitution cases; and calls on the Government to take heed of the consistent indications of domestic public and professional opinion and the growing worldwide interest by initiating a review of the cultural, ethical and political justifications for refusing to reunite these British-held Parthenon sculptures with those now displayed in the purpose-built Acropolis Museum in the shadow of the monument to which they belong, the Parthenon in Athens.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Anderson, David Labour Party Blaydon 18.10.2012
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 16.10.2012
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 18.09.2012
Dobbin, Jim Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 17.10.2012
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 19.10.2012
Galloway, George Respect Bradford West 17.10.2012
George, Andrew Liberal Democrats St Ives 18.09.2012
Glindon, Mary Labour Party North Tyneside 24.10.2012
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South 15.10.2012
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 17.10.2012
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 22.10.2012
Rogerson, Dan Liberal Democrats North Cornwall 22.10.2012
Sanders, Adrian Liberal Democrats Torbay 16.10.2012
Williams, Hywel Plaid Cymru Arfon 17.10.2012
Williams, Mark Liberal Democrats Ceredigion 19.10.2012

Amendment 548A1 - PARTHENON MARBLES

  • Session: 2012-13
  • Date tabled: 22.10.2012
  • Primary sponsor: Morris, Grahame M
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    at end add `and on the same basis, calls for the return of Saint Cuthbert's Psalter from the British Library to its rightful home in Durham Cathedral.'.

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Morris, Grahame M Labour Party Easington 22.10.2012