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 5:15 pm on 27th October 2014.

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Photo of Russell Brown Russell Brown Shadow Minister (Scotland) 5:15 pm, 27th October 2014

On Second Reading, the hon. Gentleman said:

“I suspect that every politician, at one point or another, would find themselves the subject of the 5% recall petition stage.”—[Hansard, 21 October 2014; Vol. 586, c. 793.]

That is how the process would begin, but the hon. Gentleman needs to differentiate between misconduct and wrongdoing and policy. As Sir Edward Leigh has said, a process based on political party policy should not be allowed to begin.