Early day motion 472

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BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO

That this House notes that Oxfam America, Human Rights Watch and the Farm Labour Organizing Committee (FLOC), being an affiliate of the US equivalent of the TUC, have highlighted onerous conditions faced by migrant farm workers in the tobacco fields of North Carolina and the American South, including exploitation, long hours, child labour and other human rights abuses; further notes that Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) is a major purchaser of the tobacco produced in those fields but refuses to grant freedom of association or workers representation to those workers, and that British American Tobacco plc (BAT) is the largest shareholder and a major customer of RAI; believes that only when migrant farm workers have a recognised organisation will their complaint about their working and living conditions be effectively addressed; further believes that BAT has a responsibility to ensure that its supply chain is free of human rights abuses and that FLOC's proposals to RAI can achieve that goal in the US; therefore calls on BAT to use its influence with RAI to reach an agreement with FLOC forthwith; further calls on the Government to ensure provisions within the Modern Slavery Bill would prohibit such human rights abuses; and further calls on the Government to raise these issues in trade discussions with US counterparts.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Anderson, David Labour Party Blaydon 04.11.2014
Brooke, Annette Liberal Democrats Mid Dorset and North Poole 06.11.2014
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 04.11.2014
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 05.11.2014
Clark, Katy Labour Party North Ayrshire and Arran 04.11.2014
Connarty, Michael Labour Party Linlithgow and East Falkirk 04.11.2014
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 04.11.2014
Crausby, David Labour Party Bolton North East 04.11.2014
Cryer, John Labour Party Leyton and Wanstead 04.11.2014
Davidson, Ian Labour Party Glasgow South West 04.11.2014
Doran, Frank Labour Party Aberdeen North 04.11.2014
Dowd, Jim Labour Party Lewisham West and Penge 04.11.2014
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 04.11.2014
Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 05.11.2014
Engel, Natascha Labour Party North East Derbyshire 04.11.2014
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 11.11.2014
Galloway, George Respect Bradford West 05.11.2014
Glass, Pat Labour Party North West Durham 04.11.2014
Glindon, Mary Labour Party North Tyneside 04.11.2014
Godsiff, Roger Labour Party Birmingham Hall Green 07.11.2014
Hancock, Mike INDEPENDENT Portsmouth South 06.11.2014
Hepburn, Stephen Labour Party Jarrow 04.11.2014
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 04.11.2014
Hunter, Mark Liberal Democrats Cheadle 06.11.2014
Jackson, Glenda Labour Party Hampstead and Kilburn 06.11.2014
Lavery, Ian Labour Party Wansbeck 04.11.2014
Lazarowicz, Mark Labour Party Edinburgh North and Leith 04.11.2014
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 05.11.2014
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 04.11.2014
McInnes, Liz Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 04.11.2014
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 04.11.2014
Mearns, Ian Labour Party Gateshead 05.11.2014
Morrice, Graeme Labour Party Livingston 04.11.2014
Morris, Grahame M Labour Party Easington 04.11.2014
Osborne, Sandra Labour Party Ayr Carrick and Cumnock 04.11.2014
Qureshi, Yasmin Labour Party Bolton South East 04.11.2014
Reid, Alan Liberal Democrats Argyll and Bute 04.11.2014
Riordan, Linda Labour Party Halifax 04.11.2014
Ritchie, Margaret Social Democratic and Labour Party South Down 05.11.2014
Robertson, John Labour Party Glasgow North West 04.11.2014
Rotheram, Steve Labour Party Liverpool Walton 04.11.2014
Roy, Lindsay Labour Party Glenrothes 04.11.2014
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 05.11.2014
Sheridan, Jim Labour Party Paisley and Renfrewshire North 04.11.2014
Skinner, Dennis Labour Party Bolsover 04.11.2014
Stunell, Andrew Liberal Democrats Hazel Grove 04.11.2014
Ward, David Liberal Democrats Bradford East 05.11.2014
Watts, Dave Labour Party St Helens North 05.11.2014
Weir, Mike Scottish National Party Angus 05.11.2014
Winnick, David Labour Party Walsall North 04.11.2014