Austin Mitchell MP
to receive the 2008 Attwood Award
To honour his continued commitment to monetary reform, Austin Mitchell MP will receive the 2008 Attwood Award on April 22nd 2008 in the House of Commons, Committee Room 10.
Since 2002, Austin Mitchell MP has tabled seven Early Day Motions and supported an eighth one tabled by David Chaytor MP. In total, they were signed by 70 MPs from 7 parties. Ann Cryer, David Drew and Alan Simpson have also signed all eight EDMs.
The current EDM 265 is entitled Green Credit for Green Growth and was tabled by Austin Mitchell MP on November 11th, 2007. It is accompanied by two related issues also tabled by Austin Mitchell MP: the increase in interest of Student Loans (EDM 263) and the Tax Avoidance practised by big accountancy houses (EDM 219).
Furthermore, Green Credit for Green Purposes is a 19-page report that Austin Mitchell MP submitted to the Treasury Select Committee in response to its inquiry into the economics of climate change and the Stern review. The report was published on February 5th, 2008 and contains the full submission.
The Attwood Award was established in 2002 and has honoured local, regional and national initiatives that contribute to the promotion of a new economics grounded in social and spiritual values.
Angela Shaw, a young descendant of Thomas Attwood, will present the 2008 Attwood Award to Austin Mitchell MP, celebrating his advocacy of public money for public needs. John Johansen-Berg, chairman of the Fellowship of Reconciliation and a founder member of the Bromsgrove Group, will give a short introduction to the history of the Award and Thomas Attwood, Birmingham’s first MP who advocated monetary reform.
The event will be chaired by Sabine McNeill, Organiser of the Forum for Stable Currencies, who received the Award in 2003.