Hugo Swire votes against sacking MPs

Here’s the e-mail sent on Tuesday this week (27 October), to an EDA correspondent, from the 38 degrees team:

‘Last night (Monday 27 Oct) your MP, Hugo Swire voted the wrong way. [1]

Yesterday, MPs voted on whether to give voters the power to sack misbehaving MPs. [2] The majority voted no, choosing to stick with the government’s recall law that takes this power out of our hands.

Days like these can be pretty disheartening. They remind us there’s a huge gap between the political system we want and the political system we have.

This won’t be the last opportunity MPs have to vote on this. It could technically be possible to get the changes we want. But, to be honest, it’s pretty unlikely. Not enough MPs are convinced that voters should decide when and why an MP gets sacked.

If you’d like to email your MP, Hugo Swire, and ask him why he voted against giving voters more power, please click here:

If you email your MP, you’ll notice that the candidates standing against them at the next election (if they have any yet!) will be copied in. This is important because it’ll show them the sort of things that voters in your area care about.

There are several options for next steps on our campaign. But for today, it feels right to pause and take stock of how far we’ve come. Together, we’ve convinced a huge chunk of MPs that voters should have the power over whether to sack MPs. Sadly, this time it wasn’t enough.

We’ve come along way on this campaign. But if there’s one thing this vote shows us, it’s that we’ve got a hell of a job to do! Although it’s an uphill struggle sometimes, this one vote isn’t enough to stop us.’

PS: If you’d like to read more about the vote, and take part in the discussions about what 38degrees does next, please click here:

2 thoughts on “Hugo Swire votes against sacking MPs

  1. Please do not forget that Hugo Swire is not MP for all of East Devon, Neil Parish is the other one in the area.


    • Correct, Diana, but irrelevant here. It is Hugo Swire’s vote on this matter which is being questioned.


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