Critics slam limp proposal for holding MPs to account

Kate McCann
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THE GOVERNMENT’S proposed recall bill for MPs sparked a row yesterday, with the Taxpayers’ Alliance calling the plans “embarrassingly weak”.

Under a new bill in the Queen’s speech, parliament, not the people, will be able to trigger the sacking of an MP if they are suspected of wrongdoing or convicted of a crime with a sentence over 12-months.

A ballot, requiring 10 per cent of registered voters in the member’s constituency to sign, will then seal the MP’s fate.

Alexandra Runswick, director of Unlock Democracy, said: “Genuine recall empowers voters not parliamentary committees. There is a real danger that this could alienate people from politics and politicians even further.”

Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith also waded into the row, claiming voters have been conned: “Recall should not require the permission of the institution that’s being held to account,” he said yesterday.

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