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House of Commons

 
 

Monday 27 October 2014

 

Committee of the whole House

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

Parliamentary Star - whiteAmendments which will comply with the required notice period at their next appearance

 

Recall of MPs Bill


 

Zac Goldsmith

 

Mr David Davis

 

Anne Marie Morris

 

Mr Andrew Mitchell

 

Kate Hoey

 

Douglas Carswell

 

Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

Nick de Bois

 

Mr Frank Field

 

Katy Clark

 

Jim Fitzpatrick

 

Jonathan Edwards

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Mark Durkan

 

Adam Afriyie

 

Mr David Anderson

 

Steve Baker

 

Guto Bebb

 

Richard Benyon

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Sir Peter Bottomley

 

Angie Bray

 

Andrew Bridgen

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

Alistair Burt

 

Dan Byles

 

Neil Carmichael

 

Martin Caton

 

Glyn Davies

 

Nadine Dorries

 

Natascha Engel

 

Mr Nigel Evans

 

Mark Field

 

Paul Flynn

 

Richard Fuller

 

Mr George Galloway

 

Mrs Mary Glindon

 

Mr Mike Hancock

 

Simon Hart

 

Chris Heaton-Harris

 

Mr Philip Hollobone

 

Mr Adam Holloway

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

Mr David Jones

 

Chris Kelly

 

Mr David Lammy

 

Jeremy Lefroy

 

Charlotte Leslie

 

Fiona Mactaggart

 

Mrs Anne Main

 

John Mann

 

Jason McCartney

 

Dr Alasdair McDonnell

 

John McDonnell

 

Mr Michael Meacher

 

Nigel Mills

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Albert Owen

 

Mr Dominic Raab

 

Ms Margaret Ritchie

 

Henry Smith

 

Mrs Caroline Spelman

 

Andrew Stephenson

 

Mr Graham Stuart

 

Martin Vickers

 

Mike Weatherley

 

Mr Mike Weir

 

Chris White

 

Craig Whittaker

 

Bill Wiggin

 

Roger Williams

 

Dr Sarah Wollaston

 

Margaret Hodge

 

1

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  3,  leave out from “becomes” to end of Clause and insert—

 

    

“the subject of a recall referendum where—

 

(a)    

a notice of intent to recall, signed by a number of persons not less than

 

the effective number (5% of persons in member’s parliamentary


 
 

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constituency entitled to vote), in accordance with section (Notice of

 

intent to recall) of this Act, has been deposited with a petition officer, and

 

(b)    

20% of persons entitled to vote have then validly signed a recall petition

 

in accordance with section (Notice of intent to recall) of this Act.

 

(3)    

In this Act “recall petition” means a petition calling, in terms determined under

 

section 9(4), for a member to be subject to a recall referendum.

 

(4)    

The member’s seat becomes vacant and a by-election held where, in accordance

 

with section 15 of this Act, the majority of people who have voted in a recall

 

referendum, vote in favour of the member being recalled from Parliament.

 

(5)    

The provision made by or under this Act does not affect other ways in which a

 

Member’s seat may be vacated.”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment changes the Bill to remove the proposed conditions of recall on the grounds of

 

imprisonment or suspension by the House to the decision making of constituency voters. It sets out

 

the essential three stages - notice of intent to recall (5% of voters), recall petition (20% of voters)

 

and then a referendum. Only if all three stages are passed is there a by-election.

 

Mr David Heath

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

John Hemming

 

Mike Freer

 

Mr Clive Betts

 

Mr Ben Bradshaw

 

Henry Smith

 

42

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out “or second” and insert “, second, or third”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Amendments 42 and 43 and NC6 and NC7 form part of a group of amendments and new clauses

 

which provides a route for recall for members of the public independent of any parliamentary

 

committee, or criminal convictions. It allows for an alternative and additional trigger for the recall

 

process which provides direct access whereby one hundred constituents may petition an Electoral

 

Court in the case of improper behaviour or gross dereliction of duty on the part of an MP, and

 

seeks to avoid any conflict with the provisions of the Bill of Rights.

 

Stephen Twigg

 

Thomas Docherty

 

48

 

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Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  after “second”, insert “or third.”

 

Sir Edward Leigh

 

41

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  10,  at end insert—

 

“(2A)    

No action shall be initiated against an MP in relation to a recall petition process

 

on the basis, or as a result of votes cast, speeches made or any text submitted for

 

tabling by such an MP, within, or as a part of, a parliamentary proceeding.”

 

Stephen Twigg

 

Thomas Docherty

 

47

 

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Clause  1,  page  1,  line  16,  at end insert “or,


 
 

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(c)    

the MP has been convicted of any offence under section 10 (Offence of

 

providing false or misleading information for allowance claims) of the

 

Parliamentary Standards Act 2009.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment adds a further recall petition trigger to the Bill, where an MP is found guilty of

 

an offence under section 10 of the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009 for making a claim for

 

expenses or allowances that they know to be false or misleading in some material respect.

 

Stephen Twigg

 

Thomas Docherty

 

45

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  18,  leave out subsection (4) and insert—

 

“(4)    

The second recall condition is that the House of Commons orders the suspension

 

of the MP from the service of the House for a specified period and—

 

(a)    

where the period is expressed as a number of sitting days, the period

 

specified is a period of at least 10 sitting days, or

 

(b)    

in any other case, the period specified (however expressed) is a period of

 

at least 14 days.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment reduces the length of suspension required to trigger a recall petition from 21

 

sitting days to 10 sitting days and from 28 days to 14 days.

 

Mr Andrew Robathan

 

39

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  18,  leave out “orders” and insert “has ordered.”

 

Mr David Heath

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

John Hemming

 

Mike Freer

 

Mr Clive Betts

 

Mr Ben Bradshaw

 

Henry Smith

 

43

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

The third recall condition is that—

 

(a)    

an election court has considered a petition claiming that the MP has

 

committed an act which, had it been committed in England and Wales,

 

would have constituted misconduct in public office, and

 

(b)    

the court has determined, prima facie, there is a case to be answered, and

 

(c)    

the court has notified the Speaker of its decision under sub-section (b).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Amendments 42 and 43 and NC6 and NC7 form part of a group of amendments and new clauses

 

which provides a route for recall for members of the public independent of any parliamentary

 

committee, or criminal convictions. It allows for an alternative and additional trigger for the recall

 

process which provides direct access whereby one hundred constituents may petition an Electoral

 

Court in the case of improper behaviour or gross dereliction of duty on the part of an MP, and

 

seeks to avoid any conflict with the provisions of the Bill of Rights.

 

Mr Andrew Robathan

 

40

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  2,  after “starts”, insert “or started”


 
 

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Stephen Twigg

 

Thomas Docherty

 

49

 

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Clause  1,  page  2,  line  5,  at end insert—

 

“(5A)    

The third recall condition is where an MP is also—

 

(a)    

a Member of the Scottish Parliament,

 

(b)    

a Member of the National Assembly for Wales,

 

(c)    

a Member of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly,

 

(d)    

a Member of the London Assembly,

 

(e)    

a directly elected Mayor,

 

(f)    

a local government Councillor,

 

(g)    

a member of a Parish Council, or

 

(h)    

a member of the European Parliament

 

    

and the Speaker receives or otherwise takes notice of the fact that that

 

such an MP has been suspended from a role mentioned in this subsection

 

for a period equivalent to, or greater than, that specified in subsection (4).

 

(5B)    

The Secretary of State may amend the list of bodies in subsection 5A by an order

 

laid before the House of Commons and made under the affirmative resolution

 

procedure.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment adds a further recall petition trigger to the Bill, where an MP has been suspended

 

from another elected role or office for an equivalent or greater number of days than is set out in

 

Clause 1, subsection (4). (NB Amendment 45 seeks to reduce that period.)

 


 

Stephen Twigg

 

Thomas Docherty

 

46

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  16,  leave out paragraph (b)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the exemption from recall petition in the case of an MP who receives a

 

custodial sentence but for a crime committed before this Act somes into force.


 
 

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Zac Goldsmith

 

Mr David Davis

 

Anne Marie Morris

 

Mr Andrew Mitchell

 

Kate Hoey

 

Douglas Carswell

 

Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

Nick de Bois

 

Mr Frank Field

 

Katy Clark

 

Jim Fitzpatrick

 

Jonathan Edwards

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Mark Durkan

 

Adam Afriyie

 

Mr David Anderson

 

Steve Baker

 

Guto Bebb

 

Richard Benyon

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Sir Peter Bottomley

 

Angie Bray

 

Andrew Bridgen

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

Alistair Burt

 

Dan Byles

 

Neil Carmichael

 

Martin Caton

 

Glyn Davies

 

Nadine Dorries

 

Natascha Engel

 

Mr Nigel Evans

 

Mark Field

 

Paul Flynn

 

Richard Fuller

 

Mr George Galloway

 

Mrs Mary Glindon

 

Mr Mike Hancock

 

Simon Hart

 

Chris Heaton-Harris

 

Mr Philip Hollobone

 

Mr Adam Holloway

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

Mr David Jones

 

Chris Kelly

 

Mr David Lammy

 

Jeremy Lefroy

 

Charlotte Leslie

 

Fiona Mactaggart

 

Mrs Anne Main

 

John Mann

 

Jason McCartney

 

Dr Alasdair McDonnell

 

John McDonnell

 

Mr Michael Meacher

 

Nigel Mills

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Albert Owen

 

Mr Dominic Raab

 

Ms Margaret Ritchie

 

Henry Smith

 

Mrs Caroline Spelman

 

Andrew Stephenson

 

Mr Graham Stuart

 

Martin Vickers

 

Mike Weatherley

 

Mr Mike Weir

 

Chris White

 

Craig Whittaker

 

Bill Wiggin

 

Roger Williams

 

Dr Sarah Wollaston

 

Margaret Hodge

 

2

 

Page  2,  line  13,  leave out Clause 2.

 



 
 

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Zac Goldsmith

 

Mr David Davis

 

Anne Marie Morris

 

Mr Andrew Mitchell

 

Kate Hoey

 

Douglas Carswell

 

Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

Nick de Bois

 

Mr Frank Field

 

Katy Clark

 

Jim Fitzpatrick

 

Jonathan Edwards

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Mark Durkan

 

Adam Afriyie

 

Mr David Anderson

 

Steve Baker

 

Guto Bebb

 

Richard Benyon

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Sir Peter Bottomley

 

Angie Bray

 

Andrew Bridgen

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

Alistair Burt

 

Dan Byles

 

Neil Carmichael

 

Martin Caton

 

Glyn Davies

 

Nadine Dorries

 

Natascha Engel

 

Mr Nigel Evans

 

Mark Field

 

Paul Flynn

 

Richard Fuller

 

Mr George Galloway

 

Mrs Mary Glindon

 

Mr Mike Hancock

 

Simon Hart

 

Chris Heaton-Harris

 

Mr Philip Hollobone

 

Mr Adam Holloway

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

Mr David Jones

 

Chris Kelly

 

Mr David Lammy

 

Jeremy Lefroy

 

Charlotte Leslie

 

Fiona Mactaggart

 

Mrs Anne Main

 

John Mann

 

Jason McCartney

 

Dr Alasdair McDonnell

 

John McDonnell

 

Mr Michael Meacher

 

Nigel Mills

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Albert Owen

 

Mr Dominic Raab

 

Ms Margaret Ritchie

 

Henry Smith

 

Mrs Caroline Spelman

 

Andrew Stephenson

 

Mr Graham Stuart

 

Martin Vickers

 

Mike Weatherley

 

Mr Mike Weir

 

Chris White

 

Craig Whittaker

 

Bill Wiggin

 

Roger Williams

 

Dr Sarah Wollaston

 

Margaret Hodge

 

3

 

Page  2,  line  38,  leave out Clause 3.

 



 
 

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Zac Goldsmith

 

Mr David Davis

 

Anne Marie Morris

 

Mr Andrew Mitchell

 

Kate Hoey

 

Douglas Carswell

 

Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

Nick de Bois

 

Mr Frank Field

 

Katy Clark

 

Jim Fitzpatrick

 

Jonathan Edwards

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Mark Durkan

 

Adam Afriyie

 

Mr David Anderson

 

Steve Baker

 

Guto Bebb

 

Richard Benyon

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Sir Peter Bottomley

 

Angie Bray

 

Andrew Bridgen

 

Mr David Burrowes

 

Alistair Burt

 

Dan Byles

 

Neil Carmichael

 

Martin Caton

 

Glyn Davies

 

Nadine Dorries

 

Natascha Engel

 

Mr Nigel Evans

 

Mark Field

 

Paul Flynn

 

Richard Fuller

 

Mr George Galloway

 

Mrs Mary Glindon

 

Mr Mike Hancock

 

Simon Hart

 

Chris Heaton-Harris

 

Mr Philip Hollobone

 

Mr Adam Holloway

 

Mr Bernard Jenkin

 

Mr David Jones

 

Chris Kelly

 

Mr David Lammy

 

Jeremy Lefroy

 

Charlotte Leslie

 

Fiona Mactaggart

 

Mrs Anne Main

 

John Mann

 

Jason McCartney

 

Dr Alasdair McDonnell

 

John McDonnell

 

Mr Michael Meacher

 

Nigel Mills

 

Mr David Nuttall

 

Albert Owen

 

Mr Dominic Raab

 

Ms Margaret Ritchie

 

Henry Smith

 

Mrs Caroline Spelman

 

Andrew Stephenson

 

Mr Graham Stuart

 

Martin Vickers

 

Mike Weatherley

 

Mr Mike Weir

 

Chris White

 

Craig Whittaker

 

Bill Wiggin

 

Roger Williams

 

Dr Sarah Wollaston

 

Margaret Hodge

 

4

 

Page  3,  line  29,  leave out Clause 4.

 


 

Mr David Heath

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

John Hemming

 

Mike Freer

 

Mr Clive Betts

 

Mr Ben Bradshaw

 

Henry Smith

 

44

 

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Clause  5,  page  4,  line  11,  leave out “second” and insert “, second, or third”


 
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