Early Day Motion on Cuba in UK Parliament gathers 140 votes
Campaign News | Saturday, 26 March 2005
Still time to lobby MPs, says CSC
London, Mar 18. - Early Day Motion 509 on Britain's relationship with Cuba presented by MP Ian Gibson, the chair of the All-Party Cuba Group of MPs, had gathered 140 votes by March 16.
The CSC is calling on all members and supporters to lobby MPs to sign the EDM 509 on UK relations with Cuba by writing directly to their MP at www.handsoffcuba.org.uk or by post at the House of Commons, London, SW11 1AA.
The EDM has already gathered support from more than 20 per cent of the House of Commons. However, still more signatures are needed to ensure that the British government takes notice of support for Cuba within Parliament.
Natasha Hickman, CSC Campaigns Officer says: "Thank you to everyone who has taken this action already. If your MP has already signed 509, please ask friends, family and colleagues who live in other constituencies write to theirs.
"Please support EDM 509 now by going to www.handsoffcuba.org.uk and spread the word by forwarding this website to everyone you know."
The motion calls on the government to do more in opposing US policy towards the island.
It also calls on the British government to strengthen and defend British business interests with Cuba and ensure that companies and individuals are not penalized in any way by US extra-territorial legislation that attempts to obstruct trade with the island.
Furthermore, it adds that the British Government should build upon existing Anglo-Cuban efforts to combat drug trafficking and trans-national criminal activities in the region as a welcome example of successful bilateral co-operation.
The MPs voting for the motion so far are:
The full text reads:
That this House welcomes the significant decision of the European Union to create the conditions for the re-establishment of a constructive dialogue with the government of Cuba; applauds the recent positive role played by the UK Government in moving towards efforts to normalise relations with Cuba; calls on the Government to strengthen and defend British business interests with Cuba and ensure that companies and individuals are not penalised in any way by US extra-territorial legislation that attempts to obstruct trade with the island; believes the Government should build upon existing Anglo-Cuban efforts to combat drug trafficking and trans-national criminal activities in the region as a welcome example of successful bilateral co-operation; and further calls on the Government to continue to support and promote this work in the EU.