Early Day Motions (EDMs)

Early Day Motions (EDMs) are used by MPs to express their opinion on something or to draw the attention of the Commons to a particular issue or campaign. Other MPs can show their support for a particular EDM by adding their signature to it. While they are not normally debated, an EDM that attracts hundreds of signatures from MPs of all parties is likely to result in some kind of response from the Government. 

Each EDM is tabled by a single primary sponsor. A given MP may table any number of EDMs. Each EDM has a title. Each EDM has a unique reference number (unique to that session, starting from 1). The text of an EDM may not exceed 250 words. Each EDM may have any number of MPs supporting it (0 to many). MPs must register Interests in relation to EDMs they support. MPs may withdraw their support at any time (indicated in the Notice paper). Amendments may be tabled for any EDM. A given Member can only support either the main EDM or an amended version, not both. The dataset contains EDMs tabled by MP dating back to 1989/90. The Dataset provides a record (resource) for each EDM or EDM amendment.

Use the dataset if

  • you would like to understand which MPs have tabled EDMS and on what subjects. It also shows who else supports them.

Early Day Motions Search

This provides a user interface which allows you to search Early Day Motions using multiple filters. Selecting this option will show you the first few records from the dataset and then allow you to select data from the dataset by filtering on any of the attributes for the early day motion.You will then be able to download or display the data in the following formats: CSV (e.g. for use in Microsoft Excel), TTL, Text, XML, JSON or RDF (e.g. for developers)

Early Day Motions API

Developers can build API calls using the explorer tool. Help for the APIs can be found at http://explore.data.parliament.uk/?endpoint=edms

Early Day Motions Atom Feed

The feed contains the 20 most recent resources for EDMs. This format is mainly for developers. You can refer to http://api.data.parliament.uk/help for help on the syntax for atom feed requests.