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Reform of EDMs

I appeared today before the Back Bench Business Committee, arguing for a debate on the floor of the House on democratic renewal with a substantive motion on the reform of EDMs. I would like to see EDMs modified into a system which democratically determines what is debated at back-benchers’ request.  Such a system would include: A minimum amount of support before a notice of a back-bench motion can be published to Members A time-to-live of around a month to ensure motions expire […]

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As readers may know, I don’t sign EDMs, but I would draw your attention to EDM 871, in relation to current EU developments: That this House notes that there are increasing demands from France and Germany for a new European Union Treaty; further notes that the European Parliament itself has now proposed a 5.9 per cent. increase in the European budget; further notes that the United Kingdom Parliament on Wednesday 13 October 2010 rejected the increase; further notes that the […]

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