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Powers to sack badly-behaving MPs backed by county parliamentarian
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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