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Early Day Motions (EDMs)

Comms Manager

I often receive requests from constituents asking me to sign Early Day Motions (EDMs) on a range of subjects.

 

Protocol dictates that Ministers and Shadow Ministers do not sign EDMs. As I am a Shadow Transport Minister, I do not sign EDMs as a rule - regardless of my views on their content. 

 

EDMs are a useful way to put forward a point of view on a particular subject in the official parliamentary record (known as Hansard). However, they have very little impact on actually affecting real change to legislation. 

 

If a constituent writes to me on a particular issue, I will always respond in full to share my views or make further representations to government on their behalf, but I am not able to sign EDMs.' 

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