TPA reaction to Government proposals on the recall of MPs

December 13, 2011 11:43 AM

Responding to the Goverment's Recall of MPs Draft Bill, Matthew Sinclair, Director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:

"The public were promised that they would be given the power to kick out bad MPs but now we find out that isn’t really happening. So long as they have enough friends in Parliament, and avoid doing anything so flagrant it actually gets them sent to prison, they will be safe from these toothless provisions for a recall. Outside of elections every four or five years MPs are still going to answer only to themselves, or the police in the most extreme cases, and not to their constituents. Many voters will feel let down as the Government buries serious reforms that were promised after the expenses scandal."Responding to the Goverment's Recall of MPs Draft Bill, Matthew Sinclair, Director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:

"The public were promised that they would be given the power to kick out bad MPs but now we find out that isn’t really happening. So long as they have enough friends in Parliament, and avoid doing anything so flagrant it actually gets them sent to prison, they will be safe from these toothless provisions for a recall. Outside of elections every four or five years MPs are still going to answer only to themselves, or the police in the most extreme cases, and not to their constituents. Many voters will feel let down as the Government buries serious reforms that were promised after the expenses scandal."

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