Early day motion 1298

SUE TOWNSEND

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Total number of signatures: 19

Caton, Martin Corbyn, Jeremy Crausby, David Dobbin, Jim
Evans, Nigel George, Andrew Hancock, Mike Hermon, Lady
Hopkins, Kelvin Jackson, Glenda Leech, John Long, Naomi
McDonnell, John McGovern, Jim Meale, Alan Shannon, Jim
Sharma, Virendra Skinner, Dennis Vaz, Keith

That this House is saddened to hear of the death of Sue Townsend; acknowledges her valuable contribution to literature not only in the UK but worldwide; admires her achievement in the sale of over 10 million books translated into around 48 languages worldwide; commends her for her creation of the character Adrian Mole which has come to be ingrained in the country's psyche; recognises the fact that she received an Honorary Master of Arts from Leicester University, was made a Distinguished Honorary Fellow of Leicester University and was awarded the Honorary Freedom of Leicester; and calls on the Government to do all it can to promote creative writing in the UK in honour of Sue Townsend.