Early Day Motions (EDMs) are used to put on record the views of individual MPs or to highlight specific events or campaigns. It is expressed as a statement, or motion, written by MPs and formally calls for debate "on an early day". In practice, they are rarely debated in the House and their main purpose is by attracting the signatures of other MPs, they can be used to demonstrate the level of parliamentary support for a particular cause and often get the attention of the press.

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The Big Ask Campaign successfully used an EDM to gain consensus around the main contents of the bill that eventually became the Climate Change Act 2008. Towards the end of the campaign, the EDM had been signed by 412 out of 650 MPs.

During the CEE Bill’s first outing in Parliament, Caroline Lucas laid down an EDM (no. 832), which you can read here. The previous EDM associated with the CEE Bill received 92 signatures. We currently do not have an EDM associated with the Bill in this Parliament, but we have plans to introduce one soon. To find out more about EDMs, see this page on the parliament website.