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Early Day Motions

Published: Thursday 3 March 2022

Early Day Motions tabled on Wednesday 2 March 2022

Early Day Motions (EDMs) are motions for which no days have been fixed.

The number of signatories includes all members who have added their names in support of the Early Day Motion (EDM), including the Member in charge of the Motion.

EDMs and added names are also published on the EDM database at

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New EDMs

1020Defibrillator fundraising by Jamie Canavan

Tabled: 2/03/22 Signatories: 1

David Linden

That this House commends Glasgow East constituent Jamie Canavan on his fundraising efforts for a defibrillator to be placed in the Shettleston community; notes that after witnessing a man receiving CPR on the side of the road, Jamie Canavan set about ensuring that the local community was equipped with a defibrillator; further notes that Jamie Canavan set up a go fund me page where he proceeded to raise the necessary £1,595 for a defibrillator; congratulates Jamie on his commitment to the local community; and thanks him for his fundraising efforts.

1021Recommendation for compensation

Tabled: 2/03/22 Signatories: 1

Sir Peter Bottomley

That this House recognises the force of the judgment of Lady Justice Andrews in the case with neutral citation number [2021] EWCA Crim 956; expects the recommended compensation payment to be made; and asks that the delay be ended.

1022Fleetwood’s artists Inside Out exhibition

Tabled: 2/03/22 Signatories: 1

Cat Smith

That this House celebrates all the local artists who contributed to Fleetwood’s Inside Out exhibition; congratulates their work which has been awarded England’s runner up award at the Creative Lives Awards 2022; and notes Gillian Wood and all Fleetwood’s local artists' work being recognised nationally.

1023Effect of a temporary timetable on the Pontefract line

Tabled: 2/03/22 Signatories: 1

Jon Trickett

That this House regrets the reduction in timetabled rail services and continued operation of a temporary timetable by Northern Rail on users of the Pontefract Line between Leeds and Knottingley; regrets the impact on users of stations of all stations, including at Streethouse and Featherstone in the Hemsworth constituency; notes there are no alternative bus routes from Streethouse or Featherstone to Leeds; further notes that users of those locations can no longer arrive in Leeds before 9am; believes this demonstrates the failure of the Government's Levelling Up agenda and ongoing need to invest in improving connectivity; and urges the Secretary of State for Transport to ensure the necessary requirements are in place to ensure Northern Rail provides sufficient services on the Pontefract Line.

1024Children's rights

Tabled: 2/03/22 Signatories: 1

Layla Moran [R]

That this House recognises the importance of children’s human rights; reaffirms its support for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in its entirety, in particular to its four General Principles, non-discrimination (article 2), best interest of the child (article 3), right to life survival and development (article 6) and right to be heard (article 12); and urges the Government to do all they can to ensure that other countries are held to account in applying the UNCRC, especially in countries where there may be armed conflict and notes in particular Afghanistan, Yemen, Tigray and in Palestine and the occupied territories.

1025Jive Candy and Top Tier Wedding Awards evening entertainers 2021

Tabled: 2/03/22 Signatories: 1

Chris Law

That this House congratulates Dundee band Jive Candy on being voted Evening Entertainers of the Year at the 2021 Top Tier Wedding Awards; notes that this is the second time Jive Candy have won the award having also been victorious in 2018; further notes that 120 North East of Scotland wedding suppliers were nominated across 19 categories; applauds the contribution of all wedding suppliers in Scotland; acknowledges the resilience and goodwill of the Scottish wedding industry while covid-19 protection measures were in place; and commends the role of Elite Promotions in showcasing the wedding industry in the North East of Scotland.

1026European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service

Tabled: 2/03/22 Signatories: 1

Angus Brendan MacNeil

That this House calls on the Government to re-join the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS); notes that EGNOS is a Safety-of-Life service that is required across the UK for safe flight operations from the Hebrides to the Isles of Scilly; recognises airline services to be vital in many places for bringing mail and cargo, taking people to and from medical appointments, facilitating search and rescue operations and general travel and without this capability there is a risk to life; observes that since leaving EGNOS in June 2021 that the UK is the only G20 country without any satellite-based aviation navigation capability; and urges the Government to swiftly review and reassess the decision to leave EGNOS.

Added Names

Below are EDMs tabled in the last two weeks to which names have been added. Only the first 6 names and any new names are included.

983Care workers and vaccination as a condition of employment

Tabled: 21/02/22 Signatories: 11

Paula Barker

Rachael Maskell

Ian Lavery

Kim Johnson

Mary Kelly Foy

Mick Whitley

Ian Byrne

That this House notes that vaccination as a condition of deployment within health and social care would deepen the existing staffing crisis and pose an existential threat to the NHS and our social care system; notes that tens of thousands of residential care workers have lost their jobs since November 2021 when vaccination became a condition of deployment within CQC-registered care homes in England; believes that any review and revocation of vaccination as a condition of deployment within health and social care should apply retrospectively and ensure that care workers who have been dismissed or left employment due to compulsory vaccination do not suffer loss or detriment; and therefore calls on the Government to ensure that care workers have the right to be re-employed in their previous role, including protection of continuity of service, and provide appropriate funds to compensate workers for loss of earning and any pension losses.

1006Accommodation for children in care over the age of 15

Tabled: 24/02/22 Signatories: 19

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

Ian Mearns

Kim Johnson

Mohammad Yasin

Mr Virendra Sharma

John McDonnell

Emma HardyDaisy Cooper

That this House notes with grave concern the introduction of secondary legislation by the Department for Education which guarantees care and regulated accommodation to vulnerable looked-after children only to the age of 15; and is further concerned by the disproportionate impact this policy has on boys and children from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities; further adds that between 2018 and 2020, 22 children in care aged 16 and 17 died while living in this type of unregulated setting which is devoid of care and consistent adult supervision; further champions the charity Article 39 and the delegation of care experienced people who handed over a 10,700 signature-strong #KeepCaringTo18 petition to Downing Street on this issue; and urgently calls on the Government to change this legislation to ensure all looked after children, no matter what their age, live in accommodation that has carers and provides care.

1012Implementation of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review recommendations

Tabled: 28/02/22 Signatories: 10

Cat Smith

Christian Wakeford

Ben Lake

David Linden

Yasmin Qureshi

Rachael Maskell

Rosie Duffield

That this House notes that sodium valproate can cause serious problems in a developing baby; further notes that 10 per cent of babies whose mothers take sodium valproate during pregnancy are at risk of having a birth defect, and up to 40 per cent have problems with development and learning as they grow; welcomes the July 2020 Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review; and calls on the Government to implement its recommendations in full, including paying compensation to people disabled by sodium valproate.

1015Ovarian Cancer Month 2022

Tabled: 28/02/22 Signatories: 9

Jim Shannon

Rachael Maskell

Sir Mike Penning

Gavin Robinson

Jonathan Edwards

Paula Barker

Douglas Chapman

That this House notes Ovarian Cancer Month in March; highlights the campaign by Target Ovarian Cancer to highlight the major symptoms of Ovarian Cancer acknowledging that four in 10 women wrongly believe their cervical screening also detects Ovarian Cancer and that knowing the symptoms is a key for early detection; thanks all of those who, in recognition of the 11 women per day who die in the UK from Ovarian Cancer, have pledged to walk 11,000 miles each day in March to raise money for the charity; and calls upon the Government to train more GPs in symptom spotting for Ovarian Cancer as well as to shorten the diagnostic pathway by carrying out CA125 blood test along with ultrasounds as standard practice.

1017Royal Mail workforce reductions

Tabled: 1/03/22 Signatories: 16

Kate Osborne

Grahame Morris

Bell Ribeiro-Addy

Paula Barker

Kate Hollern

Andy McDonald

Douglas Chapman

That this House expresses alarm at plans by Royal Mail to reduce frontline managerial jobs by 900 posts, a reduction that will further harm the postal service in this country; condemns this continued attack on the jobs of workers while shareholders receive £311 million in rewards; is appalled at the treatment of postal managers, who have been the hidden heroes of the service during the coronavirus pandemic, working excessive hours with no additional pay in order to ensure that the public receives their post and packages; calls on Royal Mail to immediately engage with the workforce and its union, Unite, to save these jobs; is concerned that Royal Mail is already failing to meet its public service obligation, with delays to post now a regular occurrence around the country; agrees with Unite that the removal of hundreds of core workers is a senseless move that will see the service worsen; and calls on the regulator to intervene immediately to prevent Royal Mail taking a death-by-a-thousand-cuts approach to a cornerstone public service.

1019SaxaVord Spaceport

Tabled: 1/03/22 Signatories: 2

Mr Alistair Carmichael

Douglas Chapman

That this House recognises and welcomes the approval of the construction of the UK’s first vertical spaceport, the SaxaVord Spaceport in Unst, scheduled to begin in late March 2022; congratulates all those involved in the realisation of this project; further welcomes the sizeable investment being made by SaxaVord in Shetland and in the UK in general, which is planned to reach £100 million after five years; notes the variety of ways in which spaceport operations can support various UK industries including telecommunications, media, weather and defence; further welcomes the deal agreed between SaxaVord and French rocket developer, Venture Orbital Systems; is pleased to note the numerous future employment opportunities that the spaceport will create for people in Shetland; and looks forward to the further opportunities for potential development, growth and exploration that the spaceport will provide in the future.