The Queen of Britain has announced a new system to recall the MPs if they are awarded a prison sentence under one year or if the House deems that they have been part of some serious wrong doing. The new legislation has been announced in a speech by the Queen and will be introduced in the Parliament before 2015 elections.
Under the new law, if an MP is given a jail sentence of upto one year, or if the Constituents feel that he has failed in some way in delivering his duties, a Recall mandate under which at least 10% of the constituents sign up in a period of eight weeks to recall him, will pave way to the removal of the candidate.
“My ministers will introduce legislation on the recall of Members of Parliament. The purpose of the Bill is to fill a gap in the regulatory oversight of MPs by allowing voters to trigger a by-election where an MP is found to have engaged in serious wrongdoing and has had a petition calling for a by-election signed by 10% of his or her constituents,” said the Queen in her speech yesterday.
The parliament said, “The main benefits of the Bill would be to enhance the accountability of MPs to their constituents by giving the public a direct voice in forcing a by-election when the MP has been found to have behaved in a way that falls well below the standards expected of them. It will also establish a recall mechanism which would be transparent, robust and fair and which would not lead to MPs facing frequent and unnecessary distractions from carrying out the job for which they were elected.”
Opposing the framing of the bill in the present shape, Tory MP Zac Goldsmith said the Bill was a “breathtakingly cynical attempt to convey an impression of democratic reform.” His chief objection being giving power to the committee of MPs over the voters themselves in deciding the issue.