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.
An average of around ten EDMs are tabled per sitting day, which amounts to between two and three thousand per session. They are printed every day and cost taxpayers millions of pounds but have little or no impact. They seldom get debated and the Government often simply ignores them.
As I am no longer a Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Department of Health, I am therefore at liberty to sign any Early Day Motions (EDMs) regarding matters that are important to my constituents. However, given the ineffective nature of EDMs, I would rather raise the concerns of my constituents directly with the relevant ministers, in the particular department, as usually this has a greater impact and response.