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Early Day Motions (EDMs) are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons. However, very few are actually debated. EDMs allow MPs to draw attention to an event or cause. MPs register their support by signing individual motions.
The EDM database contains up-to-date information on the latest EDMs and signatures added to existing EDMs. The database can be searched by EDM number, by Member (MP), by date and by topic and goes back to the 1989/90 session of Parliament. For EDMs and signatures prior to 1989/90, please contact the House of Commons Information Office.
Early day motions (EDMs) are tabled by MPs to publicise a particular event or cause, and to gather support among MPs for that event or cause. MPs demonstrate their support for an EDM by signing the motion. Each EDM is given a unique number, starting at 1 at the beginning of each parliamentary session.
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Learn more about EDMs by reading the House of Commons Information Office factsheet on EDMs. For EDMs and signatures prior to 1989-90, please contact the House of Commons Information Office.
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