Seems clear enough to me that any MP convicted of offences involving corruption, dishonesty (inc perjury, perverting the course of justice), violence, cruelty or abuse is not fit to represent the electorate. However we should value those who have the courage to stand up against injustice, the likes of Terry Fields who went to prison for refusing to pay the Poll Tax.
Recall of MPs Act 2015", which provides for the recall (i.e. sacking) of any MP who is sent to prison or suspended from the House for at least 21 sitting days. Under this Act, imprisonment or suspension triggers a recall petition in the MP's constituency. This remains open for eight weeks and if signed by at least 10% of constituents, results in the MP's seat being declared vacant and a by-election to be called.
So, the change called for in the petition isn't necessary as adequate legislation exists.
Last edited by GeoffL; 14-03-2019 at 18:46.
On the face of it,it seems like a no brainer,however I do question the motives of the people that start some of these petitions,I have no idea who Simon Newton is,and there's no information given about him. Also I would question why people from Belgium, Australia and others are allowed to sign petitions that affect the political processes of the UK.
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Just received my Notice of petition to remove the MP for Peterborough, Fiona Onasanya.
Seems that I have to go along to my local library between 19th of March and 1st of May. Then if enough sign we can have a by-election but it does not say when so Peterborough does not have an MP in any political party through the rest of the Brexit process. I am left feeling a little miffed at and frustrated with our political leadership at present.
It would be nice if the labour party sorted her out rather than just washing their hands of her but as she is a black, disabled, female solicitor! What's the chance of that happening?
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