MPs from five parties sign statement denouncing political violence in Colombia

On 12 March 2018, the following Early Day Motion was tabled by a cross-party group of MPs in the House of Commons at the British Parliament.

The primary sponsor was Labour MP Jo Stevens and the other sponsors were Clive Efford (Labour), Catherine West (Labour), Patrick Grady (Scottish National Party, SNP), Jim Shannon  (Democratic Unionist Party, DUP) and Peter Bottomley (Conservative).

The EDM reads as follows:

That this House expresses concern and alarm at the ongoing killing of Colombian civil society leaders; 222 in the 15 months after the signing of the Colombian peace agreement and the murder of 38 former combatants of the FARC during the same period; is concerned about the climate for all candidates in the upcoming Presidential elections; notes that a cornerstone of the Colombian peace agreement is the political participation of the FARC and the opening of democratic space; and calls on the Government to continue to encourage the Colombian Government to implement the peace agreement fully and ensure security guarantees for the FARC and civil society activists.

The full list of signatories is:

Peter Bottomley (Conservative, Worthing West)

Alan Brown (SNP, Kilmarnock and Loudoun)

Jim Cunningham (Labour, Coventry South)

Martyn Day (SNP, Linlithgow and East Falkirk)

Jonathan Edwards (Plaid Cymru, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr)

Clive Efford (Labour, Eltham)

Hugh Gaffney (Labour, Coatbridge Chryston and Bellshill)

Patrick Grady (SNP, Glasgow North)

Kelvin Hopkins (Labour, Luton North)

Marie Rimmer (Labour, St Helens South and Whiston)

Liz Saville Roberts (Plaid Cymru, Dwyfor Meirionnydd)

Jom Shannon (DUP, Strangford)

Jo Stevens (Labour, Cardiff Central)

Catherine West (Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green)

Pete Wishart (SNP, Perth and North Perthshire)