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Make MPs who are absent from their constituency and Parliament subject to recall

Submitted by Paul Fernandez on Wednesday 11th January 2023

Published on Friday 13th January 2023

Current status: Open

Open until: Thursday 13th July 2023

Current Signatures: 382
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Petition Action

Make MPs who are absent from their constituency and Parliament subject to recall

Petition Details

A recall petition is opened if an MP is suspended from the Commons for ten sitting days, or certain convictions. However, there is no sanction for MPs who choose to be absent from constituency and Parliament while House sits. Constituencies should expect a minimum standard of service from their MP.

Additional Information

The nature of the MP's role means that they may be required to work some distance from home, but there are long recesses when Parliament does not sit. There are nonetheless reports of MPs taking holidays or otherwise choosing to be absent when the House is sitting.

If MPs are absent from their constituency and Parliament for 10 sitting days, we believe they are failing to provide their constituency with the representation the taxpayer is paying for. In this situation a recall petition should be opened so the constituency can decide whether to recall them.

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