28th Oct, 2016

MP backs measure to recall MPs

Evesham Editorial 15th Jan, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

PERSHORE’S MP Harriett Baldwin has backed more measures which will give local people the chance to sack their MP between elections.

Mrs Baldwin supported a bill in the House of Commons which aims to hold MPs to account in between General Elections.

And the West Worcestershire MP also lent her support to amendments to strengthen the bill, which will now be considered by the House of Lords before becoming law.

The proposals would see a by-election triggered if 10 per cent of constituents sign a petition after an MP is found guilty of ‘serious wrongdoing’ by parliament.

Politicians have also agreed to reduce the length of time that an MP would have to be suspended from the Commons to trigger a recall process from 21 to just 10 days.

“Many of my constituents have written to me to support recall powers and I was happy to offer my support to the bill debated

in Parliament as well as the for amendments strengthening the bill.” Mrs Baldwin said.

“If MPs commit serious wrong-doing they should have to answer to the electorate before the next election.

“However, they should not face recall just for holding unpopular political opinions – that’s part of the job description at times.

“I have always said that sunlight is the best disinfectant and I am pleased we now have transparency on expenses to ensure

that people can trust their MPs.

“This bill is another important step towards showing people that as MPs, we have listened to the general public and are bringing even greater accountability to Parliament for those who transgress.” she added.

Evesham’s MP Sir Peter Luff also supported the bill and said the proposals struck the ‘right balance’ between Parliament and constituents.