Early Day Motion

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An early day motion (EDM), in the Westminster system, is a motion tabled by Members of Parliament for debate "on an early day" (namely an unspecific date in the future). They are only very rarely debated on the floor of the Chamber of the House. EDMs remain open for signature for the duration of the parliamentary session.

Notable Early Day Motions

Science Education

  • 12th January 2008, EDM 377 Anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin
Noting the achievements of Charles Darwin, and calling for Darwin's birthday to be designated a public holiday to honour "one of the fathers of modern science and one of Britain's greatest, if not the greatest, scientific minds."[1]
  • 11th October 2006, (EDM 2708) Science Education
In support of science education. Motion urging schools to treat creationist literature from 'Truth in Science' with caution.[2]

Scientific Research

  • 14th March 2007, (EDM 1134) Scientific Research
Calling for the Government to invest in and encourage scientific research.[3]

Alternative Medicine and Miracle Cures

  • 28th March 2007, (EDM 1240) NHS Homeopathic hospitals
In support of homeopathy. Motion to welcome the positive contribution made to the health of the nation by the NHS homeopathic hospitals.[4]
  • 8th January 2008, (EDM 641) Integrated Healthcare Council
Against government support for alternative therapies.[5]
  • 11th June 2008, (EDM 1770) Dore Promotion
Protesting the uncritical promotion by the media of Dore, a claimed miracle cure for dyslexia, in the absence of scientific proof of its value. [6]
  • 10th June 2009, (EDM 1635) Protection of the title of Doctor
Call for the protection of the title of doctor for British Medical Association registered and suitably qualified practitioners, to avoid confusion due to the use of the term doctor by practitioners of complementary medicine. [7]


  • 10th February 2009, (EDM 754) MMR Vaccine and the Media.
Supporting the use of the MMR vaccine. The motion expressed disappointment with the reporting of the vaccine by Jeni Barnett on her LBC radio show in January 2009, and expressed the hope that future reporting of the issue of MMR would be less sensationalist and more evidence-based.[8]

Powerlines and Electromagnetic fields

  • 27th June 2007, (EDM 754) Early Day Motion 1784: Childhood Leukaemia and SAGE (Power Lines) .
Calling for housebuilding near power lines to be stopped.[9] The evidence for this motion is in a British Medical Journal report and appears to be statistically sound. The report itself concludes however, that "the relation may be due to chance or confounding". Towards the end of the report they actually estimate that, if their results reflect a real causal relationship then "of the 400-420 cases of childhood leukaemia occurring annually, about five would be associated with high voltage power lines, though this estimate is imprecise"[10]


  • 12th January 2009 (EDM 403) British Humanist Association Advertisements On Public Transport[11]
  • 13th January 2009 (EDM 424) There's Probably No God Advertising Campaign[12]
A pair of motions responding to the January 2009 "Atheist Bus Campaign" adverts on public transport, and taking a negative view of its message.
  • 26th June 2007 (EDM 1770) Council for Ex-Muslims of Britain[13]
Supporting freedom of religion, and welcoming the launch of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain.
  • 25th January 2007 (EDM 742) Faith Based Adoption Agencies
Calling on the government to exclude "faith based" adoption agencies from the Equality Act to avoid such agencies being forced to consider gay couples.[14]



  1. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/377
  2. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2005-06/2708
  3. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1134
  4. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1240
  5. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2007-08/641
  6. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2007-08/1770
  7. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/1635
  8. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/754
  9. http://www.edms.org.uk/edms/2006-2007/1784.htm
  10. http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/330/7503/1290
  11. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/403
  12. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2008-09/424
  13. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/1770
  14. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2006-07/742