November 2014

Recall of MPs Bill

The Society submitted a second reading briefing MPS on the Recall of MPs Bill.  The Society believes that amending the existing Representation of the People Act 1981 to include the provision for disqualifying MPs who have received a prison sentence of less than one year would achieve the same aims as proposed by the Bill and would be a more constitutionally appropriate way of removing an MP from office.    The Society also had concerns about the requirement for 10% of eligible constituents needing to sign the recall petition for it to be considered successful, as it would in theory be easier to raise a successful petition in smaller, more rural constituency as fewer people would have to sign the petition in order to reach the 10% threshold.

The full briefing can be found on the Society’s website