Powers to sack badly-behaving MPs backed by county parliamentarian

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THE public are being given the power to boot misbehaving MPs out of parliament, it has emerged.

The powerful new 'power of recall' can be triggered if the House of Commons resolves they have been involved in "serious wrongdoing" or get sent to prison for less than a year.

Voters would have to collect the signatures of 10 per cent of constituents to force a by-election.

The move was announced in last week's Queens Speech, which revealed the plans for the final year of the Coalition Government up to the 2015 general election.

Sir Peter Luff, who represents Mid-Worcestershire, said: "My inclination is that this power of recall strikes the right balance.

"What it does is make sure people have the opportunity to get MPs out if they are not fit to represent their constituents.

"It won't open the floodgates for vexatious complainants, but it gives people extra rights and that's a good thing.

"I do think if any MP is sent to prison for a criminal offence that's disgraceful and they should go."

The new bills on the way include pension reforms, allowing workers to join-Dutch style pension schemes.

Her Majesty also unveiled a bill designed to protect people who find themselves in court after acting heroically, responsibly or for the benefit of others - for instance if they are sued for negligence or breach of duty after intervening in an emergency.

Planning reforms will enable the construction of new garden cities and support small building firms in a bid to ease the housing crisis Legislation will be brought forward to make good on promises of tax-free childcare worth £2,000 a year per child and free school meals for all infant pupils.

Worcester MP Robin Walker said it was a plan which would "secure the economic recovery".

"These are changes that will make a real difference for the future and benefit thousands of people in Worcester," he said.

Labour's Ed Miliband said that it "failed to live up to the scale of the challenges" faced by Britain.

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1:51pm Mon 9 Jun 14

marthajones says...

Not sure how Mr Walker was commenting on more powers to axe MP's or the plan, nevertheless, it should be extended to Councillors too. Ditta and Amos are prime examples
Not sure how Mr Walker was commenting on more powers to axe MP's or the plan, nevertheless, it should be extended to Councillors too. Ditta and Amos are prime examples marthajones
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2:07pm Mon 9 Jun 14

denon says...

A hole string could be added remember Margaret Layland when she was Mayor had an affair with thhe Mayors driver not that long ago
It says on Wikipedia
The run up to the election in 1998 saw controversy over the mayor Margaret Layland who had admitted to having an affair with her chauffeur. She was suspended by the Labour party but refused to stand down. Her husband Colin Layland, also a councillor, was suspended as well leading to him standing as an independent in St John ward and being opposed by an official Labour party candidate.

Something about independents .
A hole string could be added remember Margaret Layland when she was Mayor had an affair with thhe Mayors driver not that long ago It says on Wikipedia The run up to the election in 1998 saw controversy over the mayor Margaret Layland who had admitted to having an affair with her chauffeur.[2][3][4] She was suspended by the Labour party but refused to stand down.[2] Her husband Colin Layland, also a councillor, was suspended as well leading to him standing as an independent in St John ward and being opposed by an official Labour party candidate. Something about independents . denon
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6:02pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Worcester woman 1964 says...

marthajones wrote:
Not sure how Mr Walker was commenting on more powers to axe MP's or the plan, nevertheless, it should be extended to Councillors too. Ditta and Amos are prime examples
I completely agree with you marthajones
Amos and his Tory side kicks have utter disdain for democracy in Worcester. They seem to think that they can do whatever they like and we will lie back and accept it. They seem to forget that they are accountable to us, the electorate. Bring in this power of recall and let us road test it here on Worcester. There are many of us ready to recall amos for all the damage he has done
[quote][p][bold]marthajones[/bold] wrote: Not sure how Mr Walker was commenting on more powers to axe MP's or the plan, nevertheless, it should be extended to Councillors too. Ditta and Amos are prime examples[/p][/quote]I completely agree with you marthajones Amos and his Tory side kicks have utter disdain for democracy in Worcester. They seem to think that they can do whatever they like and we will lie back and accept it. They seem to forget that they are accountable to us, the electorate. Bring in this power of recall and let us road test it here on Worcester. There are many of us ready to recall amos for all the damage he has done Worcester woman 1964
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