From Unlock Deocracy:
We need to call time on part-time MPs.
- Matt Hancock MP is currently in the jungle in Australia on the TV show ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’. He could be away from Parliament for up to 3 weeks.
- Boris Johnson MP was recently on holiday in the Caribbean while Parliament was sitting.
These are two of the latest examples of part-time MPs. There is no way for constituents of these MPs to sack them. They must wait until a General Election.
We believe that MPs should face immediate penalties for not showing up for work – unless there is a good reason not to.
We want to amend the Recall of MPs Act 2015 so that constituents neglected by their absent MPs have the chance to fire them.
If MPs have long periods of absence, this should trigger a recall petition, and if 10% of constituents sign it, the MP would be forced to face a by-election. It would also allow the docking of MP’s pay.
Our suggestions were featured in The Mirror over the weekend.
If anyone else failed to turn up for their job without good reason, they would be in trouble with their employer.
This is yet another example of one rule for MPs and another for the rest of us.
The role of an MP is to scrutinise and propose legislation and hold the government to account. They have a further responsibility which is to represent the interests of their constituents.
Can they take their responsibilities seriously while lying on the beach or doing challenges in the jungle?
We don’t think so.
It’s time to call time on part-time MPs.