What are Early day motions?


If you work for an MP you will doubtless have already got beyond this weirdly named phenomenon.  If you are newer on the political scene, however, you may still be giggling at trying to get to the bottom of this one.

W4MP is here, not just for those who work for MPs but also to translate Parliament’s language for anyone else with an interest.

So, for the record, Early day motions (EDMs) are “formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons. However, very few EDMs are actually debated.”

Motions that aren’t debated, you ask; what’s the point?  There’s a useful page on the public parliament website which reveals all.  It’s here and it covers these topics:

·         How are EDMs used?

·         Do they get debated?

·         Do they have to comply to a format?

·         What are the rules?

·         Types of EDMs

·         Signatures

·         Who will not sign?

·         Amendments to EDMs

·         Withdrawl of EDMs

·         Tracing EDMs

EDM database

Related internet link: 

  • The BBC Parliament website has a short film on EDMs: it’s here.