Early Day Motion


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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.
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The Early Day Motion also puts pressure on the UK Government to make "urgent representations" to the European Broadcasting Union and the BBC.
The parliamentary early day motion has so far been signed by 94 cross party MPs, including all three Plaid MPs and 32 members of the SNP.
While early day motions allow MPs to support causes, there is no guarantee it will secure a Parliamentary debate.
This is an Early Day Motion and should be consigned to the place where all motions early or late go to.
"I cannot guarantee this Early Day Motion will mean he gets a knighthood.
"That is why I am supporting this Early Day Motion. I would also like to see the laws on trespass tightened to make it a criminal and not a civil offence."
The Early Day Motion said: "That this House notes that Birmingham - city of Tolkien and Sir Simon Rattle, the Birmingham Royal Ballet and UB40 - is and always has been a great city of culture; and believes that it should be recognised as such when the UK's first official City of Culture is announced."
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".
Brian Binley, MP for Northampton South, tabled an Early Day Motion on Friday calling on the Government to posthumously award a medal to Walter Tull.
Labour's Jeff Ennis has tabled an Early Day Motion calling on the minimum to go up from 16 to 18.
He has tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons criticising Channel 4's 'serious error'.
"Early Day Motions are an important way of allowing opinions to be fairly expressed and it seems to me contrary to the spirit of Parliament for an Early Day Motion - even if it criticises the Royal Family - to be censored in this way."

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