During the last session of Parliament, an Early Day Motion (EDM) was tabled by Bob Russell MP, calling on the Government to cut VAT from 17.5 per cent to five per cent for all building repair and maintenance work. When this EDM closed at the end of the last parliamentary session it had received the support of 104 MPs! Bob Russell MP has very kindly re-tabled the EDM and it is imperative that as many MPs as possible support it. It would be great to get more than 104 this time. At the time of writing six MPs are supporting EDM 7, is your local MP one of them? To see if your local MP is supporting EDM 7 click here.
If you are unsure as to who your local MP is, please click here and enter your home postcode. How to contact your local MP If your MP is not already supporting EDM 7 could you please e-mail them and ask them to. You can find your MP's e-mail address by clicking here and entering your home postcode. If your local MP is already supporting EDM 7 you should e-mail them to thank them. What is an EDM? An EDM, in the Westminster system, is a motion tabled by Members of Parliament for debate "on an early day".
They are only very rarely debated on the floor of the Chamber of the House. EDMs remain open for signature for the duration of a parliamentary session. If we are to have the issue of VAT debated in the House of Commons we will need at least 200 MPs supporting EDM 7. What should I include in my e-mail?Your full name and address so that the MP knows you are one of their constituentsSet out the reasons why they should support EDM 7.
A list of these reasons can be found on the Cut the VAT websiteIf you would rather you can just cut and paste the following letter. Important things to rememberIf you are drafting your own e-mail please keep it short and please be politePlease copy me in on any e-mails that you send - firstname.lastname@example.org.Thank you for your continued support.