Resolution in my Support

Tabled in House of Commons.

I thought readers would be interested in the fact that a parliamentary, ‘Early Day Motion’ has been tabled in the House of Commons in condemnation of the police-state type action taken against me, and in support of the freedom of politicians to effectively represent their constituents.

Early Day Motions rarely get debated, and are, in practice, a means of MPs expressing their concerns about particular topics. Nevertheless, MPs don’t put their names to serious EDMs – unless they understand the importance of the subject, and agree with it.

The procedural quirks of EDMs require that they be no longer than 250 words – and that they must read as one sentence – no full-stops permitted – except at the end. This explains why the language of the resolution may seem a little strange.

There isn’t usually a party whip on EDMs, so MPs from all parties are pretty free to add their names to an EDM if they so choose.

Interestingly, the EDM in defence of my position – and in condemnation of the Jersey establishment – has three initial signatories representing each of the main parties.

Peter Bottomley, of the Conservatives, Austin Mitchell of Labour, and John Hemming of the Lib-Dems.

I reproduce the text of the EDM below – and observe that sooner or later – inevitably – the Jersey oligarchy are going to push their luck too far.

If, in fact, we have not already come to that point.


Early Day Motion.


“That this House deplores the arrest and detention of Senator Stuart Syvret by the Jersey Police Force for alleged infractions of data protection laws; notes that the Senator was in receipt of information disclosed in the public interest, with which he is attempting to hold the Jersey government to account for a variety of profoundly serious child protection and clinical governance failures; condemns the manner of the Senator’s arrest and the subsequent searching of his home by the police without a search warrant; further condemns the fact that substantial quantities of his constituents’ private data were taken and copied by the Jersey police; considers this an intimidatory and anti-democratic action which the Senator is virtually powerless to challenge given the politicisation of the Jersey judiciary and the propensity of the Jersey legislature to oppress minority members; and calls on the Secretary of State for Justice to fulfil his duties by exercising his constitutional powers to intervene and ensure good governance and the proper administration of justice in Jersey through requiring a separation of powers and the imposition of effective checks and balances in order that survivors of child abuse, and other victims of malfeasance gain the proper protection of justice; and considers that through such actions the UK will return to compliance with its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights, obligations which are breached by tolerating the situation in Jersey.”

John Hemming.

Peter Bottomley.

Austin Mitchell.

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