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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