Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has signed a Parliamentary Motion which calls for the public to have the right to recall MPs.
Early Day Motion 309 calls on the Government to introduce the right to recall MPs through a citizens’ petition. The current proposals only allow for petitions to be initiated by a resolution of the House of Commons and not at the public’s request. The right to recall MPs was in the manifestos of all three political parties and was carried forward into the Coalition Agreement.
Mike has been a consistent advocate of allowing the public to have a greater say over how they are governed. Mike has also championed holding a referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union as well a calling for a local referendum on the Greens’ planned council tax rises in Brighton & Hove.
Commenting, Mike said: “I am happy to support any measure that will help rebuild the public’s faith in politics. Introducing the right to recall MPs will strengthen our democracy, give more power to the public and enable voters to hold their Members of Parliament to account. This was a manifesto commitment of all three political parties and I am keen to see this implemented as soon as possible.”