July 25, 2005
Eddie O’Hara MP has tabled an Early Day Motion in parliament about the Parthenon Marbles. EDMs are a way in which members of parliament can both gauge the level of support for proposals. Eddie O’Hara has long been a supporter of the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.
Early Day Motion
THE SCULPTURES OF THE PARTHENON
That this House is aware that the Parthenon sculptures currently displayed in the Elgin collection in the British Museum are integral architectural components of the Parthenon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; believes that the traditional arguments for retaining the sculptures in the British Museum have now been discredited or removed and that the onus of justification is now with those who wish to keep them apart from the Parthenon rather than with those who wish to see them re-united with it; recognises that if the Parthenon cannot be brought to London it follows that the Parthenon sculptures should be returned to Athens; notes the progress on the building of the new Acropolis Museum with a gallery purpose-built to offer a single visual experience of both the Parthenon and its sculptures in the one place in the world where this is possible; and urges the Government to initiate the process whereby the Parthenon sculptures currently displayed in the British Museum may be returned to Athens in time for their display in the Acropolis Museum when it is opened.
The following MPs have signed this EDM:
- O’Hara, Edward
- Meale, Alan
- Corbyn, Jeremy
- Jones, Lynne
- Hancock, Mike
- McDonnell, John
- Caton, Martin
- Simpson, Alan
- Efford, Clive
- McCafferty, Chris
- Etherington, Bill
- Marris, Rob
- Battle, John
- Borrow, David S
- Lepper, David
- Barrett, John
- Galloway, George
After this original EDM, Bob Spink MP proposed an amended version as follows.
Early Day Motion
SCULPTURES OF THE PARTHENON
leave out from House to end and insert `believes that the Parthenon sculptures currently displayed in the Elgin collection in the British Museum are best retained within the British Museum, with copies made available for the Parthenon UNESCO World Heritage site.’.
Essentially, Bob Spink’s amendment tries to reverse the main intention of the original EDM – It still accepts many of the facts (which can not be disputed) but instead suggests as a conclusion that the marbles ought to remain in the British Museum, rather than being returned to Athens.
The following MPs have signed this amended EDM:
- Spink, Bob
- Wyatt, Derek
- Loughton, Tim
- Elgin Marbles Early Day Motion : February 5, 2006
- New Acropolis Museum Early Day Motion : March 1, 2009
- Parthenon Marbles Early Day Motion : November 29, 2007
- EDM from Andrew George : March 15, 2007
- International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures EDM : May 12, 2006
- House of Commons Early Day Motion to highlight recent developments relating to Parthenon Marbles return : November 8, 2012
- Motion in New Zealand parliament on Parthenon Sculptures return : May 31, 2007
- Early Day Motion on the Stone Henge fragments in Greece : April 1, 2009