Free votes for all votes carried out in Westminster

My petition is to make all votes in parliament to be held as free votes rather than using the whipping system. This in my view will make the government of the day actually make its case for legislation in order to secure enough votes to get it passed. If they have to make the case, then there is a chance that the government will actually think through its legislation and we will get better governance as a result. The whipping system is thoroughly undemocratic as it relies on bullying tactics by the whips to get our elected representatives to vote in a particular way. If the government cannot win the debate for its legislation and get the necessary votes fairly, then it doesn't deserve to get it passed.

This e-petition has been rejected with the following reason given:

E-petitions cannot be used to request action on issues that are outside the responsibility of the government. This includes:

  • party political material
  • commercial endorsements including the promotion of any product, service or publication
  • issues that are dealt with by devolved bodies, eg The Scottish Parliament
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The following explanatory notes have been added:

Whipping is a matter for political parties and not HM Government

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Created By

Simon Clark

Created On

Tuesday 25 October 2011

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