Campaigns and EDMs

Campaigns

Guy receives a large amount of campaign emails and so in order to maintain a good service for all constituents and to manage the sheer volume of campaign correspondence, we will post a response to campaign emails in this section of Guy's website as soon as possible.

I hope you can appreciate our stance on campaigns.

Early Day Motions

Guy often receives requests from constituents to sign Early Day Motions (EDMs), but like many MPs does not sign these, no matter how worthy the cause.

I realise this is a source of disappointment to some of those who contact Guy and I would like to make it clear that not signing an EDM does not mean that Guy does not care about the issue at hand, Guy just does not believe that EDMs are an effective way to achieve a solution.

Whilst Guy recognises that, at the time of their conception, EDMs were an important way in which to draw attention to particular causes, EDMs today have no chance of changing the law and serve as petitions that only MPs can sign.

They have now been superseded by the No. 10 e-petitions; which serve as a more efficient and cost effective democratic tool that can be signed by everyone. Today’s social media also allows for many ways in which people’s attention can be brought to issues without using public funds.

EDMs cost a huge amount to administer each year and Guy does not think they are good value for money; costing the taxpayer around £300 per motion to print.

However, requests to sign EDMs come from constituents who feel very strongly on certain issues and we always make sure to send a copy of requests to the relevant Government Department to ensure that their views are heard at the highest level.

I hope you can appreciate our stance on EDMs.