Recall of MPs Bill — New Clause 2 — Prompting New Election for an MP via a Petition of 500 or More Electors — 24 Nov 2014 at 17:45
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset did not vote.
MPs were considering the Recall of MPs Bill. The majority of MPs voted against enabling a new election for a constituency's MP to be prompted by a petition of 500 or more electors to an election court alleging improper behaviour by their MP. This route to "recall" would have been added to the ways of triggering a new election already in the Bill which were an MP being convicted and sentenced to a period of imprisonment; or being suspended from the House of Commons for 10 sitting days (or 14 days).
The motion rejected by the majority of MPs taking part in this vote was:
- That the clause be read a Second time.
- This new Clause establishes a further recall condition or trigger, independent of Parliament or criminal conviction, whereby five hundred or more constituents may petition an election court alleging improper behaviour on the part of their MP.
While the proposed new clause required the petition to be made to an election court, it did not appear to require that court to consider the allegation(s) made in the petition. A separate new proposed new clause which was also debated did state:
- The court must consider whether... it is reasonable to believe that the MP has misconducted himself or herself, to such a degree as to amount to an abuse of the public’s trust in the MP, without reasonable excuse or justification.
This vote however was only on the new clause describing the petition element, not the new clause describing the role of the court.
-  Parliament's webpage on the recall of MPs Bill
-  Julian Huppert MP (Cambridge, Liberal Democrat), House of Commons, 24 November 2014
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
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||153 (+2 tell)||14||1||56.1%|
|LDem||0||40 (+2 tell)||0||75.0%|
|Harriett Baldwin||West Worcestershire||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Jake Berry||Rossendale and Darwen||Con||aye|
|Philip Davies||Shipley||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Mike Freer||Finchley and Golders Green||Con||aye|
|Mark Garnier||Wyre Forest||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Daniel Kawczynski||Shrewsbury and Atcham||Con||aye|
|Simon Kirby||Brighton, Kemptown||Con||aye|
|Jason McCartney||Colne Valley||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Caroline Nokes||Romsey and Southampton North||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Mark Pawsey||Rugby||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Andrew Percy||Brigg and Goole||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Iain Stewart||Milton Keynes South||Con||aye|
|Craig Whittaker||Calder Valley||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Nick de Bois||Enfield North||Con (front bench)||both|
|Paul Flynn||Newport West||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Kelvin Hopkins||Luton North||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Albert Owen||Ynys Môn||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Nicholas Dakin||Scunthorpe||Lab (minister)||both|