Early Day Motion

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In the House of Commons, a motion put down by a back‐bench MP nominally for discussion ‘at an early day’ but with no time fixed for it. As the parliamentary timetable is controlled by the leadership of the parties, Early Day Motions are almost never actually debated. They may be regarded as pure expressive gestures, as cheap talk in which an MP can strike attitudes at no cost, or as a serious basis for classifying MPs' ideologies.

http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/business/edms.cfm Early Day Motion website and database from the UK Parliament.

Subjects: Politics.

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