Members of the Public continue to write to their Members of Parliament to defend Julian Assange against US Extradition. It seems that if a Member of Parliament is member of the government in whatever role (for example they may be a minister, junior minister or parliamentary secretary) they are not allowed to sign Early Day Motions. The same applies for Shadow cabinet Ministers among the parties in opposition.
Reply to Constituent sent on behalf of Ellie Reeves Member of Parliament for Lewisham West & Penge
Thank you for contacting me about EDM 719 regarding Julian Assange, press freedom and public-interest journalism. As I am a Member of the Shadow Front Bench, I am unable to sign EDMs however, I agree that press freedom is fundamental to our democracy and I can assure you that I remain committed to this value.
Thanks again for raising this and hope to see you soon.
All the best
Sent on behalf of Ellie Reeves MP
Member of Parliament for Lewisham West & Penge