Clause 1 — How an MP becomes subject to a recall petition process

Part of Bill Presented — International Trade Agreements (Scrutiny) – in the House of Commons at 7:30 pm on 27th October 2014.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon Independent, North Down 7:30 pm, 27th October 2014

Naomi Long is not present, but I am sure that she will not mind if I speak for her on this one occasion. She is a member of the Alliance party. She does not sit on Belfast city council, but her party colleagues on the council decided to fly the Union flag on the 17 flag-flying days, rather than 365 days a year. As a consequence, she received death threats. What concerns me about the proposal of Zac Goldsmith is how vulnerable the hon. Lady would become to those who want to make vexatious claims about something over which she had no control.