MPs must be given free votes on all e-petitions that are debated in parliment

When a petition gains enough signatures to be debated in parliment, MPs must be allowed a free vote. This right should be given and protected by legislation. Party leaders must be prevented by law from interfering with the public's will by the use of whips.

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
  • correspondence on personal issues

E-petitions cannot be used for freedom of information requests.

The following explanatory notes have been added:

Whipping is a matter for political parties and not HM Government

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Created By

david langford

Created On

Monday 24 October 2011

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