Meaning of early day motion in English:

early day motion


  • (in the UK) a formal proposal submitted by a Member of Parliament for debate in the House of Commons at the earliest opportunity but at no fixed time. Early day motions are rarely actually debated: their main purpose is to draw attention to a particular subject or area of interest.

    ‘some 75 MPs have signed an early day motion calling for more Treasury research into the tax’
    • ‘The demand came in the form of an early day motion backed by 11 legislators.’
    • ‘Over 50 MPs have backed his early day motion for a trial to be conducted in the top two tiers.’
    • ‘There was even an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons, calling on Radio 2 to change its plans.’
    • ‘But he submitted five parliamentary questions which were all answered, as well as an early day motion, all in relation to Fiji.’
    • ‘The MP has spearheaded calls to clamp down on violent content, tabling a number of early day motions in parliament to tighten regulation.’
    • ‘He has submitted an early day motion to Parliament which "urges the Government to accept the case for introducing, on a trial basis, limited standing areas".’
    • ‘The MP for Hayes and Harlington has tabled an Early Day Motion calling for a public debate on the implications of the cuts before any final decisions are made.’
    • ‘He signed an early day motion in March 2007 calling for increased support for homeopathic medicine in the NHS.’
    • ‘The Commons' order paper is cluttered with meaningless early day motions that allow MPs to do nothing but posture and preen.’
    • ‘He has filed an early day motion that calls for a ban on Twitter within the UK until the site opts to cooperate with local authorities.’