Early day motion 1270

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That this House agrees with Noam Chomsky that `if you're really in favour of free speech, then you're in favour of freedom of speech precisely for views you despise. Otherwise, you're not in favour of free speech'; regrets the apparent decision of Sainsbury's and Woolworths to respond to minimal pressure by withdrawing DVDs of Jerry Springer: the Opera from sale in their stores; recognises that Jerry Springer: the Opera is a widely acclaimed work of art having won eight major awards including best musical at the Olivier Awards, the Critics' Circle Awards and the Evening Standard Awards; notes that vociferous minority pressure groups now increasingly target works of art with the outcome that the majority are sometimes denied the choice to judge works for themselves; and calls on the Government to ensure that freedom of expression remains a central principle of society and to protect the ability of individuals to explore comprehensively and lawfully all aspects of culture.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Anderson, Janet Labour Party Rossendale and Darwen 19.01.2006
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 15.12.2005
Browne, Jeremy Liberal Democrats Taunton 20.12.2005
Burden, Richard Labour Party Birmingham Northfield 12.01.2006
Cable, Vincent Liberal Democrats Twickenham 15.12.2005
Cohen, Harry Labour Party Leyton and Wanstead 20.12.2005
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 19.12.2005
Featherstone, Lynne Liberal Democrats Hornsey and Wood Green 09.01.2006
Foster, Don Liberal Democrats Bath 14.12.2005
George, Andrew Liberal Democrats St Ives 15.12.2005
Gerrard, Neil Labour Party Walthamstow 20.12.2005
Gidley, Sandra Liberal Democrats Romsey 01.02.2006
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South 20.12.2005
Hoey, Kate Labour Party Vauxhall 09.01.2006
Holloway, Adam Conservative Party Gravesham 19.12.2005
Holmes, Paul Liberal Democrats Chesterfield 15.12.2005
Howarth, David Liberal Democrats Cambridge 17.01.2006
Hughes, Simon Liberal Democrats North Southwark and Bermondsey 09.01.2006
Huhne, Chris Liberal Democrats Eastleigh 20.12.2005
Hurd, Nick Conservative Party Ruislip Northwood 10.01.2006
Jackson, Glenda Labour Party Hampstead and Highgate 15.12.2005
Jones, Lynne Labour Party Birmingham Selly Oak 15.12.2005
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 19.12.2005
Lepper, David Labour Party Brighton Pavilion 09.01.2006
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 06.11.2006
Moffatt, Laura Labour Party Crawley 19.12.2005
Oaten, Mark Liberal Democrats Winchester 19.12.2005
Pope, Greg Labour Party Hyndburn 12.01.2006
Prentice, Gordon Labour Party Pendle 20.12.2005
Reid, Alan Liberal Democrats Argyll and Bute 10.01.2006
Ruddock, Joan Labour Party Lewisham Deptford 14.02.2006
Salter, Martin Labour Party Reading West 14.02.2006
Sanders, Adrian Liberal Democrats Torbay 10.01.2006
Skinner, Dennis Labour Party Bolsover 20.12.2005
Stringer, Graham Labour Party Manchester Blackley 19.12.2005
Swinson, Jo Liberal Democrats East Dunbartonshire 19.12.2005
Thornberry, Emily Labour Party Islington South and Finsbury 23.01.2006
Vis, Rudi Labour Party Finchley and Golders Green 09.01.2006
Williams, Mark Liberal Democrats Ceredigion 09.01.2006
Williams, Stephen Liberal Democrats Bristol West 20.12.2005