EDM of the week calls on journalists to reveal their salaries

May 8, 2009 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment


Early Day Motions can be put forward by any MP. Almost none of them are actually debated.

MPs use them to draw attention to specific events or campaigns or to express a view on anything from a constituency matter to a football team. Other MPs can add their signature to an EDM to show their support.

This week, among congratuations for Joanna Lumley and complaints about Welsh police force funding, was this tongue-in-cheek motion put forward by Labour MP Gordon Prentice.

“That this House applauds Polly Toynbee, the Guardian journalist and co-author of the book Unjust Rewards for volunteering details of her salary to the Public Administration Select Committee in its first evidence session on Executive Pay in the Public Sector; notes that she receives £106,000 per annum; and urges journalists, broadcasters, commentators, politicians and others to follow her example before pronouncing on pay levels in the public sector by first disclosing their own income, earned and unearned.”

33 MPs so far have backed the EDM, among them Tory Peter Bottomley, Lib Dem frontbencher Stephen Williams, the SNP’s Angus Macneil, Gregory Campbell from the DUP and Labour MPs Lindsay Hoyle and Kelvin Hopkins.

Click here to read a list of recent EDMs.


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