Early Day Motion

24 Nov 2008 14:11:05

Recent Early Day Motions

John_sergeant_2Here are some recently tabled Early Day Motions. Click on the link to see who else has signed them.

Shadow Minister for Children Tim Loughton has tabled EDM 2542, on a fantastically unimportant issue:



Loughton, Tim

That this House is devastated by the circumstances surrounding John Sergeant's departure from Strictly Come Dancing; notes that the programme is a highly popular light entertainment show aimed at entertaining the licence fee paying public, not a serious talent show to launch `wannabes' on a dancing career; further notes that a key component of the programme is to encourage viewers to exercise a meaningful vote and pay for that privilege and to ignore the wishes of the voting public in this way undermines the whole point of voting; and calls on the BBC to reinstate John Sergeant on the show immediately and for the veteran political commentator, turned entertainingly dodgy dancer, to dust down his sequins, return to the dance floor and manfully face the music until the British public, or jury, decides otherwise."

At the time of writing, only Mr Loughton's Conservative colleague Peter Bottomley has also signed. In fairness to them, there is a place for levity in EDMs.

Preseli Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb has tabled a rather more worthwhile one in EDM 2540:



Crabb, Stephen

That this House congratulates and commends the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK branch on its timely International Parliamentary Conference held on 17th to 21st November 2008 in the Palace of Westminster for 92 colleagues from across the Commonwealth and beyond on the scrutiny of the effectiveness of international aid; notes that following the Accra High Level Forum in September 2008, the conference debated the vital role of parliamentarians in donor and partner legislatures in holding their executives to account on international aid effectiveness and commitments made under the Paris Declaration in 2005; further notes that the conference discussed the need to enhance the capacity of partner parliaments to undertake more effective scrutiny; and recognises an outreach responsibility within this Parliament to assist in strengthening the capacity of partner parliaments."

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3 Nov 2008 15:59:59

Early Day Motions


Update: Brian Binley's EDM had been tabled very shortly before this post was written, and has since attracted lots of signatures.

Early Day Motions are effectively petitions signed by MPs to draw attention to an issue; although they are motions for debate, few actually end up being debated. They can be serious, they can be lighthearted, they are often cross-party, they can be sometimes be unpleasant.

Herewith some recently tabled EDMs from Conservative MPs. Click on the links provided to see who else has signed them.

David Burrowes tabled EDM 2388:


Burrowes, David

That this House notes the accepted practice of the governments of Israel and the Netherlands of requiring assurances from the US Administration prior to their nationals being deported to face trial in the United States in cases involving defendants suffering from medical or mental health disabilities, that those nationals will be repatriated to serve any sentence imposed by the relevant United States court; and urges the Home Secretary not to permit the extradition to the United States of Mr Gary McKinnon of Palmers Green, London, an Asperger's syndrome sufferer charged with computer misuse in the United States, until such time as she receives express assurances from the US Administration that in the event of his being found guilty and sentenced to a term of imprisonment that administration agrees to the immediate repatriation of Mr McKinnon post trial to serve any such sentence in the United Kingdom."

At the time of writing, no-one else has signed Brian Binley's EDM (number 2391) on corporation tax for small businesses:


Binley, Brian

That this House recognises that small businesses across the United Kingdom provide employment to 13 million workers and are facing difficult financial pressures due to the economic downturn; and asks the Government to reconsider its plans for a further 1 per cent. rise in the small companies rate of corporation tax announced in Budget 2007 to take effect from April 2009."

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18 Jun 2008 09:57:00

A selection of recent EDMs from Conservative MPs

Nigel Evans has got a straightforward one on the Lisbon Treaty:

"That this House notes the overwhelming rejection of the Lisbon constitutional treaty by the Irish electorate on 12th June 2008 in a referendum; and calls on the Government to cease ratification of the Lisbon constitutional treaty through the UK parliament."

True to form, Andrew Rosindell:

"notes with pride that the flags of all the nations of the Commonwealth are already displayed in and around Horse Guards Parade in preparation for this great occasion; and calls on the Government to ensure that the flags of all Her Majesty's Realms and Territories are also flown in time for the ceremony"

...and also notes:

"that this year marks the 26th anniversary of the Falkland Islands conflict... looks forward to many more years of the Union Flag flying proudly above Stanley and throughout the Islands."

Peter Bottomley pays tribute to tributes to sacrifices made by journalists:

"notes with approval the BBC commission by former Westminster political correspondent James Fenton of the poem Memorial remembering the bravery and self-sacrifice made by news journalists and their crews and of the sculpture Breathing by Jaume Plensa dedicated to news journalists killed on location; commends the work of www.newssafety.com and the International News Safety Institute dedicated to the safety of journalists and media staff."

David Jones calls on the Government to recognise the effort of former munitions workers:

"That this House acknowledges the contribution made by munitions workers to the defence of the United Kingdom in the Second World War... regrets that that contribution has never been formally recognised [by the Government]".

And finally John "Whitto" Whittingdale, Chairman of the CMS Select Committee:

"welcomes the proposal by the EU Commissioner for Internal Market and Services that copyright terms for sound recordings should be extended from the current 50 years to 95 years; notes that performers will be the main beneficiaries of an extension... and calls on the Government to give the proposal its full support at future meetings of the European Council."

David Cameron has one calling for the annulment of a Fire and Rescue Services law.

3 Apr 2008 12:32:24

Labour MPs sign EDM against abolition of 10p tax rate

Labour's Greg Pope has put forward Early Day Motion 1308 today on the abolition of the 10p tax rate:

"That this House notes that, despite assurances to the contrary, many people are being made worse off by the abolition of the 10 pence tax rate; notes with concern that this is having a disproportionate impact on people who can ill afford to be made worse off; accepts that this was not the intention of the Government but is dismayed at the response to the plight of those adversely affected; and calls on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to bring forward measures to correct this damaging change to the taxation system."

At the time of writing thirty MPs have already signed it, twenty six of whom are from Labour.

2.45pm update: David Gauke MP has been in touch to point out another angle to this...

"It also pointedly refers to the fact that ‘despite assurances made to the contrary, many people are being made worse off by the abolition of the 10 pence tax rate’.  To what ‘assurances’ is the motion referring?

The answer can be found in yesterday’s Guardian story, which states that criticism was made of the policy at Monday’s meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party but that the Prime Minister ‘responded by pointing out that no one would be less well-off as a result of the 10p tax rate abolition, stated in his last budget, of March 2007, when he was chancellor’.  Or to put it another way, in the words of the EDM, Gordon Brown assured his MPs that ‘no one would be made worse off by the abolition of the 10 pence tax rate’.

Unfortunately for the Prime Minister, this simply isn’t true, as confirmed by a Treasury answer to a Parliamentary Question in October which stated that 5.3 million households will be worse off.

So not only does the EDM, signed by so many Labour MPs, criticise the tax hike on poorer households, it also implicitly questions the veracity of the Prime Minister.  That so many Labour MPs are prepared to sign such a motion must cause the Prime Minister some concern."

And on the the related news this afternoon that Labour Minister Gerry Sutcliffe thinks Alistair Darling should "change his mind" on alcohol duty:

"This is more evidence that the Government is unravelling, when even its own Ministers don't support the tax rises announced in last month's Budget. These tax rises on alcohol will hit millions of responsible drinkers, and won't to anything to tackle binge drinking. Gerry Sutcliffe is right to say that the Chancellor should perform yet another u-turn and change his mind on this wrongheaded policy.

Put together the various Parliamentary rebellions of late (post office closures etc), the Ivan Lewis article, the very public Carter turf wars and now a Minister criticising one tax policy and dozens of backbenchers criticising another, we are seeing the sort of indiscipline that tends to happen when a Party has given up on its leader.