Recall of MPs Bill — Process for Prompting a New Election for a Constituency's MP — 27 Oct 2014 at 21:45
David Ruffley MP, Bury St Edmunds voted for a new election for an MP to be called in a constituency following a series of petitions reaching set thresholds followed by a vote for a new election in a referendum.
The majority of MPs rejected a proposed process for "recalling" an MP under which a new election would be prompted by a series of petitions reaching set thresholds of signatories followed by a referendum.
MPs were considering the Recall of MPs Bill.
The amendment which was rejected in this vote was accompanied by a description from the member who moved it stating:
- This amendment changes the Bill to remove the proposed conditions of recall on the grounds of imprisonment or suspension by the House to the decision making of constituency voters. It sets out the essential three stages - notice of intent to recall (5% of voters), recall petition (20% of voters) and then a referendum. Only if all three stages are passed is there a by-election.
The amendment would have removed, and replaced, all the operative elements of clause 1 of the Bill titled How an MP becomes subject to a recall petition process.
At the time of the vote the clause set out two conditions which would make an MP subject to a recall petition process, the first being conviction of an offence resulting in a sentence of imprisonment and the second being suspension from the House of Commons for at least 21 sitting days (or 28 days).
The replacement text which the rejected amendment would have introduced set out alternative requirements for a recall process involving a "notice of intent to recall" being signed by 5% of electors in a constituency followed by 20% of electors then signing a "recall petition" and then if those requirements were met the majority of those voting in a "recall referendum" voting in favour of "recall" before a new election would be called.
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||135 (+1 tell)||110 (+1 tell)||0||81.5%|
|LDem||37 (+1 tell)||3||0||73.2%|
|UKIP||0||0 (+1 tell)||0||100.0%|