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EDM from Andrew George

Liberal Democrat MP Andrew George [1] has recently become involved with the case for the return of the Parthenon Marbles & as a starting point has tabled and Early Day Motion highlighting some new aspects of the case. Previous posts [2] on EDMs explain the purpose of Early Day Motions.

Parliamentary Information Management Web Site [3]

EDM 1140

George, Andrew

That this House is pleased to acknowledge the planned opening, later this year, of the New Acropolis Museum in Athens which clearly demonstrates the capacity of the Greek authorities to receive and satisfactorily install those marbles from the Parthenon which were, in the past, removed in previous periods, including the so-called Elgin Marbles; notes that the principles of the restitution of museum items is now well established, which includes the British Museum’s return of Aboriginal remains to Australia under the Human Tissue Act and a number of fragments from the Parthenon and the Acropolis to Greece from collections in Germany, Sweden and elsewhere; believes that the opening of the New Acropolis Museum will give the British Museum a golden opportunity to demonstrate its goodwill towards the project; and calls on the Government to work with the British Museum to open negotiations with the Greek authorities to arrange for the proper restitution of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens.

The following MPs have signed this EDM so far:

  1. George, Andrew
  2. O’Hara, Edward
  3. Llwyd, Elfyn
  4. Davies, Dai
  5. Williams, Hywel
  6. Price, Adam
  7. Prentice, Gordon
  8. Simpson, Alan
  9. Jones, Lynne
  10. Breed, Colin
  11. Corbyn, Jeremy
  12. Cryer, Ann
  13. Wyatt, Derek
  14. MacNeil, Angus
  15. Sanders, Adrian
  16. Laws, David
  17. Lepper, David
  18. Etherington, Bill
  19. Flynn, Paul
  20. Gibson, Ian
  21. Hopkins, Kelvin
  22. McCafferty, Chris
  23. Meale, Alan
  24. Caton, Martin
  25. Clapham, Michael
  26. Dismore, Andrew
  27. Hancock, Mike
  28. Campbell, Ronnie
  29. Efford, Clive
  30. Vis, Rudi
  31. Anderson, David
  32. Leech, John
  33. Williams, Mark
  34. Illsley, Eric
  35. Harris, Evan
  36. Marris, Rob
  37. Moffatt, Laura
  38. Clark, Katy
  39. Hemming, John
  40. Willis, Phil
  41. Soulsby, Peter