Early Day Motion

(redirected from Early day motions)
Also found in: Wikipedia.

Early Day Motion

A UK term of art for a formal motion for a Parliamentary debate on a particular subject to be held on an "early day" (i.e. soon). Topics for EDMs range widely—from support of homeopathic hospitals to the introduction of a bill on climate change. There is no guarantee that an EDM will be debated, even when multiple MPs sign the Motion.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Early day motions are submitted for debate in the Commons, although they rarely reach that stage, and instead are used to draw attention to specific events or campaigns, and demonstrate the extent of parliamentary support for a particular cause or point of view.
EARLY Day Motions are the way MPs express their opinions in the Commons when they can't be bothered to make a speech.
Under the House of Commons code of conduct members are required to declare relevant interests when "tabling any written notice initiating a parliamentary proceeding, Early Day Motions, Amendments to them, or any names added in support of such Motions or Amendments".
Sir Stuart points out that parliamentary protocol prevents members of the Government from signing early day motions.
As a former Cabinet Minister the convention is that I don't sign Early Day Motions, however I will speak directly to the relevant Government Minister about this issue.
This week, two Early Day Motions were tabled calling for Tesco to pay the full amount of tax due to the UK and on the government to take steps to prevent tax avoidance by big companies.
Early Day Motions are not debated within the House of Commons but are used to raise issues of concern arising within MPs' constituencies, or to praise the work of local community groups and individuals.
Midland campaigner Peter Wheeler, who now works for the Kalamazoo Security Print Group after many years at the Northfield computer company, said 330 MPs had signed early day motions in support of their fight.
It is thought it fell foul of strict parliamentary rules prohibiting the use of irony in early day motions.
Rhondda MP Chris Bryant said Mr Galloway - who has attracted a storm of criticism for taking part in the reality TV show - had somehow signed a series of Early Day Motions while locked away in the Big Brother house.
Commons Speaker Michael Martin is to investigate how the Respect MP has allegedly signed a series of early day motions.
A dozen Early Day Motions have appeared signed by him.