Earlier this week Dizzy wrote about the spiralling cost of Early Day Motions. Printing them on the order paper costs a massive £627,000 a year. We can all name ridiculous EDMs which backbench MPs put down to curry favour with their local papers and constituents. The most recent example was where Andrew Pelling MP put down an EDM commiserating with Rick Stein about the death of his Jack Russell. Utterly preposterous.
So this set me thinking. Should EDMs be abolished, or is there something constructive that could be done with them? They were once described as 'graffiti on the walls of Parliament' as they never get debated. So my proposal is this: to make them more relevant there would be two one hour debates every week (maybe in Westminster Hall) on the two EDMs that gain the most signatures in a given week. That way people could lobby their MPs to sign EDMs and there would at least be some outcome at the end of the process.
Any other ideas?