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Originally posted by Badger11

I think it's time to bring in a rule to force a by election within 6 months if an MP leaves a party.

Agreed

 

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Originally posted by Jimenez

Nope he's a conniving scheming scumbag. He's jumped ship three times in less than six months.
What happens If he doesn't agree with some Lib Dem policies? Jump ship again.
It is despicable c***s like him that make me weep & you have the brass testicles to say that he's acted 'Impecably' Winners never quit & quitters never win & that guy is a quitter

Fortunately for him those who will decide that are those who live and vote in the Streatham constituency. If he is doing what he believes to be right then he is doing his job, despite what you, I, or anyone else thinks.

 

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Originally posted by Badger11

I think it's time to bring in a rule to force a by election within 6 months if an MP leaves a party.

Won't ever happen. MP's are not delegates of a party. They are the representatives of ALL of their constituents.

If they find they can no longer support any particular party then they are still the same person chosen by the people. It's the person and not the party which is important. We don't want a bunch of sheep being driven by the whips into the voting lobbies. We want thinkers prepared to speak truth to power.

It's for that reason that I object to any party affiliation being put on the voting slips.

 

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Originally posted by Wisbech Eagle

Won't ever happen. MP's are not delegates of a party. They are the representatives of ALL of their constituents.

If they find they can no longer support any particular party then they are still the same person chosen by the people. It's the person and not the party which is important. We don't want a bunch of sheep being driven by the whips into the voting lobbies. We want thinkers prepared to speak truth to power.

It's for that reason that I object to any party affiliation being put on the voting slips.

For all that, the two go hand in hand. The candidate must broadly represent and endorse party manifestos by definition so it necessarily follows that although you might not like a candidate, you'd vote for them based on party policy.

Once the party policy has been removed by their resignation, the entire dynamic of their election is altered. The only fair means to establish whether the constituents still feel the candidate is their best representative and that they support their decisions is to call a by election.

The fact that Chuka is going through political affiliations quicker than I go through yellow cards reflects the absolute need now to call a by elections. It's a matter of public safeguarding as far as I'm concerned.

 

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