By-elections and primary ballots Bill debated

14 October 2009

Douglas Carswell, Conservative MP for Harwich, introduced a ten minute rule bill, the Parliamentary Elections (Recall and Primaries) Bill, on 13 October.

The Bill would provide for a recall mechanism-that is, a way to trigger a by-election where an MP was guilty of serious wrongdoing. It would also allow local people to petition their returning officer to organise open primary ballots to elect a successor.

It is down for a Second Reading debate on 16 October.

Ten Minute Rule Bills are often a chance for MPs to voice an opinion on a subject or aspect of an existing law. Members make speeches of no more than ten minutes outlining their position, which another MP may oppose in a similar short statement.

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