LABOUR VOTED AGAINST RECALL PROPOSALS – TYLER

Responding to news that Gordon Brown will introduce a ‘recall’ mechanism for MPs, Liberal Democrat Constitutional Affairs spokesman, Lord Tyler said:

“Actions speak louder than words. Only three months ago, Gordon Brown told Labour Peers to vote against our proposal for electors to be able to recall MPs who have proved guilty of malpractice, while the Conservatives sat on their hands. Is this yet another bogus promise?”

Lord Tyler and Liberal Democrat Peers proposed an amendment to the Political Parties and Elections Bill to bring about recall elections on 15th June 2009. Labour voted against, while the Conservatives abstained. The amendment was defeated by 148 votes to 49. See: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200809/ldhansrd/text/90615-0005.htm#0906159000902

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