Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Hancock Early Day Motion Fails to get a Single Backer.
A new report out today claims that Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock failed to get a single supporter for an early day motion (EDM).
The report in today's Telegraph claims that the motion even cost the taxpayer around £500.
Some Conservative MPs are now calling for action and one has even told tbg that this obscure parliamentary procedure amounts to little more than “parliamentary graffiti” and says that it should be abolished.
Hancock is a regular supporters of EDM's and his latest venture was pushing for Portsmouth and Southampton to mount a joint bid to become the UK’s 2017 City of Culture.
Not only did Portsmouth fail to get listed but also not one of the two cities’ six other MPs were prepared to sign Mr Hancock’s motion.
The judging panel for the award have since short-listed Dundee, Hull, Leicester and Swansea Bay. with Portsmouth thus missing out.
Harriet Baldwin, the Conservative MP for West Worcestershire, told tbg:
"I don’t see the point in EDMs and I think it would be sensible to end them."
Mrs Baldwin is one of a number of MPs who refuse to sign these motions.
"They are expensive and frankly little more than parliamentary graffiti."
"There are far better ways for MPs to raise issues and campaign, such as writing to ministers, tabling parliamentary questions and holding Westminster Hall debates."
"EDMs are often seen by lobbyists and MPs as giving the impression that something is being done when it isn’t."
tbg is attempting to get a response from Portsmouth Lib Dems.
Leader of Portsmouth Council and the Liberal Democrat Group, Gerald Vernon Jackson, has told tbg - "I'm pleased that Mike is standing up for Portsmouth."
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