An Early Day motion (EDM) is a formal motion which is submitted to the House of Commons for debate. More details about EDMs can be found here.
EDM 661on drones reads
That this House welcomes the new All Party Parliamentary Group on Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles; notes that the use of drones by the UK, in Afghanistan and elsewhere, is an issue of concern; draws attention to allegations that the UK is sharing information with other states for the purposes of targeted killings using drones; further notes the human rights questions which arise from the direct and indirect use of drones by the UK; further notes the need for increased transparency and accountability on this use; and calls on the Government to work with the All Party Parliamentary Group on this issue.
The primary sponsor of the motion was Tom Watson (Lab). The other sponsors were: Dave Anderson (Lab); George Galloway (Res); John Hemming (LD); Caroline Lucas (Green); Sandra Osborne (Lab).
EDM 1173 on drones reads
That this House welcomes the European Parliament’s resolution of 27 February 2014 that calls on member states to oppose the practice of extrajudicial targeted killing through use of armed drones outside the framework of international law; calls on member states to ensure they do not facilitate such killings by other states; further calls on member states to promote greater transparency and accountability on the part of all states using armed drones; expresses concern that increasing use of drones in extraterritorial lethal operations has caused disproportionate civilian casualties and that the UK has not disclosed any fact-finding inquiries into the incidents of civilian casualties caused by drone strikes in Afghanistan; notes that UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson in his report of 28 February 2014 urges states to engage immediately and reach consensus on the core principles governing use of armed drones; and calls on the Government to implement the European resolution.
The primary sponsor of the motion was Tom Watson (Lab). The other sponsors were: John Hemming (LD); Caroline Lucas (Green); Yasmin Qureshi (Lab); Paul Flynn (Lab); and Jim Sheridan (Lab). At the time of updating, the EDM has been supported by 25 MPs.