Clegg favours recall elections

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg favours recall elections:

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg says he wants a system of petitions to be brought in so MPs who break the rules can be axed without having to wait for an election. Mr Clegg said if an MP was found to have done something “seriously wrong” a petition signed by 5% of constituents should be able to prompt a by-election.

Mr Clegg said the petitions were needed for cases like that of Derek Conway, who was able to stay as an MP despite being suspended from Parliament and kicked out of the Conservative Party. “It seems to me, at least in that situation, where someone has been proven to do something seriously wrong, that people should be able to sack their MP.”

My recall election proposal is here.

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