Early Day Motion 603, which calls on the Home Office to stump up its share of the cost of the National Wildlife Crime Unit has attracted six new signatures from MPs in the last week and has now reached 114 signatures. It is now the 8th-most-signed EDM of this session of Parliament (and has risen one place in the Top 10 this week).
The new signatories are: Rosie Cooper (Lab), Sarah Teather (LibDem), Andy Sawford (Lab), Roger Williams (LibDem), Dave Watts (Lab) and Alan Reid (LibDem). Thank you to all of them.
The breakdown of political support for this wildlife-protecting EDM is now as follows and I have ordered this list by the number of MPs who have signed as a proportion of the number of MPs in that political party:
Lib Dem (26/57)
The performance of Conservative MPs is very poor on this issue.
There are 219 MPs who haven’t signed any EDMs at all. Most of these, in parties other than the Conservative Party, are Ministers or Shadow Ministers and there is a convention (which is sometimes broken) that Ministers do not put their names to EDMs. Apart from six Sinn Fein MPs the non-signers are, by political party; 16 Liberal Democrats, 49 Labour and 148 Conservatives. All 16 of the Lib Dems are Ministers, Whips or PPSs so we can say that all Lib Dem MPs who are, by convention allowed to, do sign EDMs. By inspection, it appears to me (though I haven’t done a full check) that most Labour non-signers are in similar Shadow Ministerial positions. But there are an awful lot of non-signing Conservative MPs.
Several readers of this blog have had replies from their Conservative MPs along the line that they don’t sign EDMs because EDMs don’t count for much. It is true that EDMs are mere expressions of support rather than strong grips on the reins on power but I am very glad that my MP, Andy Sawford, has signed EDM 603. If I ever waiver in my support of the Labour Party before the next General Election then I will remember he signed EDM 603 when asked. And quite honestly, I want to know what my MP supports and what he doesn’t and EDMs provide a very easy way for me to find out on the parliamentary website.
But here is a list of MPs who have signed more than 100 EDMs but have not yet signed EDM 603 – if any of these are your MP then please do get in touch with them and ask them to put their names to EDM 603:
David Simpson, DUP , Upper Bann; Virendra Sharma, Labour, Ealing Southall; Bob Russell, Lib Dem, Colchester; Jim McGovern, Labour, Dundee West; Mark Williams, Lib Dem, Ceredigion; Graeme Morris, Labour, Easington; Gregory Campbell, DUP, Londonderry East; Jim Cunningham, Labour, Coventry South; Valerie Vaz, Labour, Walsall South; Steve Rotheram, Labour, Liverpool Walton; David Morris, Conservative , Morecambe and Lunesdale; Glenda Jackson, Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn; Hywel Francis, Labour, Aberavon; Yasmin Qureshi, Labour, Bolton South East; James Gray, Conservative , North Wiltshire.
And also please sign this epetition too.