An EDM is a formal motion submitted for debate in the House of Commons and is used by MPs to demonstrate how strongly they feel about a particular cause, and to gauge the strength of support from other MPs, who register their support by signing individual motions.
Rupa Huq's EDM ‘Ealing Hospital Maternity Unit’ states "that this House notes that on May 20, 2015, it was decided that Ealing maternity Unit would close; is concerned that despite a recent £2m refurbishment, the projected last date on which a baby will be born in that hospital is June 24, 2015; further notes that this decision was taken in the face of a rising birth rate in west London; further notes that Ealing borough has the third highest birth-rate in London; and calls on the Government to halt the closure in order to safeguard thousands of births in Ealing and across west London."
This recently tabled EDM has already received support from MPs all across London, Yorkshire, Northern Ireland, and Wales.
Ms Huq said: “The closure of our local maternity unit is a travesty.
"Many pledges were made during the election, and less than two months after the election no more babies will be born in Ealing hospitals.
“While Ealing sees the third highest birth-rate in London, endangering the lives of mothers and babies by increasing travel time is negligent.
"MPs all across the country know that this is a test case. If a community as strong and organised as ours in Ealing & Acton can’t stop the closure then their local units will be next.”