Local MP Katy Clark is to back an initiative that would allow the public to kick-out MPs who misbehave or whose standards fall short of constituents’ expectations.
The Queen’s Speech, delivered last
week to the UK Parliament in London, set-out Tory-Lib Dem plans to
introduce ‘recall’ legislation allowing for the removal of MPs who break
the law. However, the Coalition Government’s plan would only apply to
MPs jailed for up to 12 months or who had been deemed by a committee of
fellow MPs to have “seriously misbehaved”. Zac Goldsmith, the Tory MP
who introduced a Members’ Bill that sought to give the public power to
recall (sack) MPs, said the restrictions placed on when such action
could be taken had made the proposed legislation “meaningless”.
North Ayrshire & Arran MP Katy Clark has called for tougher recall
regulations that would allow constituents to sack their MP if a majority
indicated they had lost confidence in the politician.
said, “Over recent years we have seen a growing disillusionment amongst
the public with politicians and the political system. This can be shown
by the disappointingly low turn-out in the recent European elections.
We need to look at ways of re-engaging people with the democratic
process. Giving the public the power to recall MPs in whom they have
lost confidence is hopefully one step that would achieve this in
situations where there has been a substantial loss of confidence in an
individual due to their conduct.”
Of the limited recall plan
unveiled by the Tory-Lib Dem UK Government, Katy Clark said, “The
proposal does not go anywhere near far enough. The power to dismiss MPs
will remain in the hands of the judiciary and the House of Commons. We
need a proper recall law that will deliver a genuine transfer of power
away from politicians and give it to voters.”
The Labour MP now
intends to work with others, on a cross-party basis, in attempting to
amend the government recall Bill as it makes it way through the
legislative process in the House of Commons.