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How to amend an Early Day Motion

You or your staff can complete these steps, but your handwritten signature is needed for step 7.


  1. You can only table an amendment to an EDM when the House is meeting. You can submit an amendment at other times, but it won’t be tabled until the House meets again.
  2. Write your amendment. Amendments must be on the same subject as the original EDM and must not make it longer than 250 words. You can get advice from the Table Office if you’re unsure about the wording or look at an example. You can download a form for amendments to EDMs (Word doc, 27KB) from the intranet or get one from the Table Office, but you don’t have to use the form.
  3. Check that your amendment conforms to the rules for EDMs.
  4. Add your name to the amendment.
  5. If you have a relevant interest to declare, write “R” after your name. Email to say what the interest is.
  6. Ask other MPs to sign the amendment if you want (you don’t need any other signatures and other MPs can sign the amendment after it has been submitted.) If you have other signatures, indicate the order in which you would like the first six signatures to appear when the amendment is published.
  7. Take the amendment to the Table Office, or ask another MP to take it for you. Or sign the EDM and post it or ask your staff to take it to the Table Office (photocopied, stamped or faxed signatures can’t be accepted).
  8. The Table Office will check your amendment and contact you if there is a problem. Once the Table Office has approved your amendment, it has been tabled.