UK MPs slam Hilton hotels
Campaign News | Thursday, 1 March 2007
Parliamentary motion gathers 93 signatures
A Parliamentary motion criticising the Hilton hotel chain for banning Cubans from its hotels in the UK had gathered 93 signatures from all parties by 1 March.
Early Day Motion 828, tabled on 5 February by Dr Ian Gibson MP, Chair of the All Party Cuba Group calls on the UK government to issue a statement on the ban, which breaches UK discrimination laws.
The ban, caused by Hilton's obedience to the US blockade is also an extra-territorial application of a US law and therefore illegal under international law because it breaches Britain's sovereignty.
Three conservatives,including the former Minister of Trade, Sir Ian Taylor, have signed the motion along with 15 Liberal Democrats, three Plaid Cymru and two SDLP members.
The full motion and list of signatories is reproduced below and can be accessed at:
For background on the issue go to:
HILTON HOTEL GROUP
That this House regrets the decision of the Hilton Hotel Group to ban Cuban delegations from its global chain; expresses concern over remarks from a UK spokesperson for the Hilton Group that Cubans may be banned from their London hotels; recognises that any such developments would violate domestic UK anti-discrimination laws and EU safeguards against the use of extra-territorial legislation and would be tantamount to a breach of UK sovereignty as well as being an act of racial discrimination; calls upon the UK Government to issue a public statement of opposition to any attempts by the Hilton Group or any other US owned multi-national companies to enforce elements of the illegal US embargo of Cuba in the territory of the United Kingdom.
Borrow, David S
Khabra, Piara S
Social Democratic and Labour Party