I often get asked to sign Early Day Motions (EDMs).
EDMs however are hugely costly and although the expense to the tax payer is falling, it is has been over £1,000,000 a year to run and they are ineffective. In Parliament today they do not bring change. They do not change law. As a result of this I, on principle, do not sign any EDMs at all, even if I do sympathise with the content. This position is shared by many of my colleagues in Parliament and will only change if EDMs are made more effective in the legislative process.
In essence EDMs have no chance of changing the law and serve as petitions that only MPs can sign. I feel that they have now been superseded by No 10 e-petitions which can be signed by everyone. It does, of course, take little effort to sign an EDM, therefore it would probably be easier if I just signed them, this would make the people who ask me to do so happy and I would not have to explain myself. However, I think this would be wrong as I feel I would be giving a false impression that I was taking action on a matter when in fact all I had done was sign my name to a petition with no weight.
As a result, if you are a constituent of Chippenham and would like me to sign an EDM, I will always decline. Instead I will take action in much more effective ways on your behalf, by lobbying Ministerial colleagues and speaking in debates. This will be much more cost effective and valuable way to work on your behalf. If you would like more information on EDMs, please click on the link below: http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/business/edms/
I will continue to work on your behalf through ways which I feel best meet the needs for my constituents, either through lobbying Ministerial colleagues or through speaking in debates.