As published in the Evening Standard
Top Tories back Zac Goldsmith in call to let voters sack MPs
SENIOR MPs today swung behind rebel Tory Zac Goldsmith’s bid for a proper Recall Bill so local voters can sack MPs guilty of wrongdoing.
Former Tory ministers David Davis and Andrew Mitchell are among those joining a new committee set up by the Richmond Park MP to challenge David Cameron and Nick Clegg, with cross-party backing from Lib-Dem ex-minister Paul Burstow and Labour MP Katy Clark.
Mr Davis said: “Genuine recall is critical to build the reputation and credibility of Parliament. ” The committee and pressure group 38 Degrees aim to “crowdfund” money for a legal challenge to the Government over its own Recall Bill, which critics say falls short of the Coalition’s pledge to let voters sack MPs who do wrong. The Bill says a committee of MPs would rule on whether constituents can raise a petition for a by-election, but Mr Goldsmith says voters should decide and the Government’s proposals “fall scandalously short”.