Early Day Motion in The House of Commons*.
Date: April 11, 2000:
The EDM No. 634 was sponsored by Mike Gapes (Labour Party), and supported by 48 other signatures:
MR DAVID IRVING'S LIBEL CASE 11.04.00
THAT this House congratulates Professor Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin books on their victory in the David Irving libel case; welcomes the verdict of Mr Justice Charles Gray and his opinion that Irving is a racist, anti-Semite and holocaust denier; and believes that the result of this case proves that Irving is not a respectable outspoken historian but a Hitler partisan who distorts history to fit in with his own preconceived ideology. Signatures:
* Website Comment: Early Day Motion is the term used to describe notices of motions given by Members that are not generally expected to be debated. Effectively, the tabling of an EDM is a device to draw attention to an issue, and to elicit support for it by the means of inviting other Members to add their signatures to the motion. Members may also table amendments to existing motions.
One wonders how Early in the Day this motion was posted; Gray's verdict was known secretly to the defendants' solicitors from 9 a.m. on April 10, but not to the general public including Members of Parliament until midday on April 11. Note how few Conservative members of parliament signed the propaganda motion. In June 1989 Gapes also sponsored an Early Day motion condemning Mr Irving for publishing the Leuchter Report. Such motions are privileged, communications and cannot be made the object of lawsuits; and as such carry as much weight as a flying-saucers article in the National Inquirer.
Thursday, February 3, 2000
Website fact: The stamina of the defence team was aided by a six million dollar fund provided by Stephen Spielberg, Edgar J Bronfman, and the American Jewish Committee, which enabled them to pay 21 lawyers and "experts"; the experts like Evans, Longerich were paid up to £109,000 each to testify as they did (while the defence's star legal team was paid considerably more). Nobody was paying for Mr Irving, who has been fighting this battle for three whole years. Nobody was paying for Mr Irving, who has been fighting this battle for three whole years. Nor did he pay his defence witnesses one cent or sous: they testified from conviction, not for reward. [Help!]