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EDM Sponsored: 1st May, 2019

That this House recognises the decades of service of Japan’s Emperor Akihito and his wife, Empress Michiko, as he abdicates the throne after a 30-year reign; notes his dedication to his public duties as a symbol of the state; commends his efforts to ease the painful memories of war and the aftermath of several natural disasters while bringing the Japanese monarchy closer to its people during the Heisei era, meaning achieving peace...

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EDM Supported: 1st May, 2019

That this House notes with alarm reports of the execution of 37 men in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's largest mass execution to date; further notes reports that many of those men were subject to brutal torture; observes that three of those executed were juveniles...

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EDM Supported: 29th April, 2019

That this House notes that despite signing up to the Istanbul Convention in 2012, the UK has failed to enshrine the Convention in law; further notes that the Convention stipulates necessary legislative or other measures to ensure that survivors have access to services facilitating their recovery from sexual violence...

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EDM Sponsored: 24th April, 2019

That this House welcomes the positive interventions from many hon. Members from across the House on behalf of women born in the 1950s who have lost their pensions; welcomes the equalisation of retirement ages between women and men; recalls that women born in the 1950s were subject to discriminatory employment and pension laws...

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EDM Sponsored: 23rd April, 2019


That this House mourns the death of Lyra McKee, murdered on Thursday 18 April 2019 by dissident republican terrorists in the course of her work reporting as an investigative journalist; recognises the profound shock and sympathy that greeted this news right across the community; notes that the killing is a devastating blow to Lyra's partner and family, to her many friends and colleagues throughout the National Union of Journalists; commends the bravery of journalists across the world in risking their own safety to serve the public with their reports; notes that last year 95 journalists and media professionals lost their lives in targeted killings, bomb attacks or crossfire incidents worldwide; and calls for those responsible for murdering Lyra to be brought to justice, and reasserts the vital importance of preserving peace in Northern Ireland.

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Written Question: 23rd April, 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to encourage the development of the sport of canoeing.