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Free votes for MPs on all matters arising from e-petitions

Submitted on Saturday 3rd December 2011

Rejected on Wednesday 21st June 2017

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: irrelevant (see below for details)

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Free votes for MPs on all matters arising from e-petitions

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We believe that democracy in the United Kingdom was impoverished by the decision not to allow MPs a free vote in the EU Referendum debate which was held on 24th October 2011; a debate and vote in Parliament prompted by an e-petition.

We assert that the whole purpose underpinning e-petitions is that the will of the electorate should be better represented in a mid-term Parliament and the denial of a free vote in proceeding arising from such petitions is a blatant frustration of that purpose.

We therefore require the Government to alter Parliamentary procedure rules to ensure that no political party can 'whip' its MPs in any future Parliamentary proceedings which arise from e-petitions.


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This petition was rejected

The Government e-Petitions Team gave the following reason:

Whhipping is a matter for political parties and not HM Government.

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