Below are the most recent Early Day Motions that Mike has signed. For all the Early Day Motions that he has signed since being elected, click here.
Sudden Unexpected Death In Epilepsy
26th November 2013
Mike Weatherley has signed EDM114. Motion reads: "That this House notes that epilepsy is in the top 10 of all causes of premature mortality in the UK; recognises that some 500 of these are sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP); and congratulates Jane Hanna OBE, Chief Executive of SUDEP Action for winning the 2013 international Award for Social Accomplishment in Epilepsy, in recognition by doctor and patient organisations across the world of the impact of SUDEP Action in benefiting people with epilepsy through improvements to awareness, research, services and clinical practice."
Epilepsy Deaths Register
26th November 2013
Mike Weatherley has signed EDM115. Motion reads: "That this House notes that there is a serious gap in information on epilepsy mortality and congratulates SUDEP Action, the working name for Epilepsy Bereaved, on the launch of the Epilepsy Deaths Register; recognises that the last national audit of epilepsy-related deaths led by SUDEP Action in 2002 found that 42 per cent of epilepsy-related deaths were potentially avoidable and was a powerful lever for driving improvements in patient care; and calls on the Department of Health and the Ministry of Justice to do all it can to support the development of the Epilepsy Deaths Register. "
African Elephants And The Ivory Trade
22nd November 2013
Mike Weatherley has signed EDM773. Motion reads: "That this House notes with alarm that an estimated 40,000 African elephants are killed each year, one every 15 minutes, out of a total population of 400,000; recognises that the profits from the illegal wildlife trade pose an increasing threat to security by funding criminal gangs and terrorism, including al-Shabab, the Somali cell of al-Qaeda; welcomes the Government's active role as a party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and its support for a total ban on ivory sales; further welcomes the training and support provided by the British Army for the Kenya Wildlife Services anti-poaching rangers; further welcomes the Foreign Secretary's initiative to host a high-level conference on illegal wildlife trade in February 2014; encourages the Government in its efforts to secure a commitment from the international community to work together to reduce demand for wildlife products, to enforce the law, and to provide sustainable alternative livelihoods; and calls on the Government to encourage international support for the protection of elephants which are now universally acknowledged as intelligent, social, sentient beings and to use the overseas aid budget to make a substantial and strategically important contribution to the African Elephant Action Plan adopted in 2010 by all 38 African Elephant Range States in order to enable African countries to take the necessary steps to protect their elephants from poachers and to stop the illegal trafficking of ivory."
11th November 2013
Mike Weatherley has signed EDM665. Motion reads: "That this House recognises that neuroblastoma affects around 100 children a year in the UK; further recognises that children with this type of cancer have an 80 to 95 per cent chance of relapsing at any time until they reach the age of 20; understands that the best chance of survival is by using a new treatment called Radioimmunosorbent Test (RIST); acknowledges that those suffering from the disease have to travel abroad for RIST treatment because none is available in the UK; notes that the cost of RIST treatment can be as high as "
22nd October 2013
Mike Weatherley has seconded EDM604. Motion reads: "That this House congratulates Cybersmile, the cyber-bulling charity, for being shortlisted for the UK's Best New Charity Award at the 2013 Charity Times Awards; draws attention to the growing problem of cyber-bullying in the UK; highlights research from Cybersmile which indicates that 44 per cent of teachers believe there have been more than 10 incidents of cyber-bullying in their school in the past 12 months and that around three quarters of teachers have personal experience of cyber-bullying and only a third of schools have a specific cyber-bullying policy; notes with concern that cyber-bullying is a crime that can affect victims anytime anywhere, including in the home; and calls on the Government and devolved administrations to ensure that cyber-bullying is included as part of the curriculum in all schools so that children can be made properly aware of the issue and know who to turn to for advice and support in the event that they experience cyber-bullying."
40 Years Of Commercial Radio
8th October 2013
Mike Weatherley has signed EDM508. Motion reads: "That this House congratulates commercial radio on marking 40 years since its launch in October 1973; applauds the contribution of this sector in providing four decades of public value through its mix of music, news, sport and entertainment; notes the enduring popularity of commercial radio, which still attracts over 35 million people each week, despite the increasing pressure on traditional media and audience fragmentation; believes that a strong commercial radio sector competing with the BBC is good for audiences and media plurality; and calls on the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to ensure that the legislative and regulatory framework supports this outcome."
England Coast Path
8th October 2013
Mike Weatherley has signed EDM497. Motion reads: "That this House recalls that the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 was passed with overwhelming cross-party agreement; is confident, on the basis of evidence from existing coastal walking routes, that the full England Coast Path will create real jobs and bring economic regeneration to many poor rural communities; further recalls that the path was originally to be completed by 2019; and therefore urges the Government to bring forward its proposals for the completion of the path without further delay."
Comments Made In The 2014 Good Pub Guide
11th September 2013
Mike Weatherley has seconded EDM466. Motion reads: "That this House criticises the comments made by the editorial team of the Good Pub Guide that state that most of the 4,000 pubs they anticipate will close by 2014 deserve to shut due to them not being good enough, saying that they are stuck in the 1980s; condemns the lack of sensitivity shown at the potential loss of livelihood and homes for publicans whose pubs are forced to close; believes that there are very few pubs that cannot be good pubs with the right people owning and running them, and that, instead of welcoming closures of pubs, the Good Pub Guide should be looking at why so many community pubs are under-invested in and struggling, which in thousands of cases is due to the unfair pubco tied business model, which has led to chronic under-investment in many pubs as well as making it difficult for their publicans to compete due to the high rents and excessive prices they are forced to buy beer at which has made many pubs unviable that would not be on a fair agreement; suggests that the editors of the Good Pub Guide visit some of the now excellent pubs that were previously under-invested in, failing pubco pubs now thriving under local ownership; and calls on the Good Pub Guide, instead of criticising some pubs and supporting their closure, to look at the issues facing pubco pubs and to support more pubs being in local ownership which would mean these pubs would also have a chance to be good pubs with a positive future."
Barnardo's And Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation
5th September 2013
Mike Weatherley has signed EDM406. Motion reads: "That this House applauds Barnardo's, one of the UK's leading children's charities, for its continued work on tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE); believes CSE is still a hidden issue and recognises that in 2012 alone the charity helped over 1400 sexually exploited children and young people through 23 specialist services; praises its campaign to highlight the fact that no child can ever truly agree to being sexually exploited; encourages an improved system linking project workers to be actively working with the police, local authorities, local faith organisations, local community organisations and other stakeholders to identify victims and offer them appropriate support; and calls for effective facilitating of policing and securing successful prosecutions. "
Elephant Massacres In The Congo Basin
5th September 2013
Mike Weatherley has signed EDM382. Motion reads: "That this House is concerned that in early May 2013, 26 elephants, including four babies, were massacred by rebels in the Central African Republic's world famous bai in Dzanga Sangha National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site and that in early 2012 over 300 elephants in Cameroon's Bouba Ndjida National Park were slaughtered by Sudanese rebels; notes that 60 per cent of the Congo Basin's elephant population is estimated to have been lost in the past decade; is further concerned that in China it is still fashionable to adorn one's house or person with elephant body parts; and calls on the Government to do all it can to press for the necessary governance to be put in place in Africa and China to stop the slaughter and trade in elephant parts so that the species does not become extinct."