Wednesday 20 February 2019 / 8:16 AM Jon Trickett

Labour to expand democratic right to recall of MPs

Labour to expand democratic right to recall of MPs

The Labour Party is today announcing that it will consult on extending the right of constituents to petition to recall their MPs if they leave the political party under whose banner they were elected.

This consultation will form part of a far-reaching programme of political reform, which, when Labour is in government, will culminate in a Constitutional Convention to radically democratise politics and power in our country.


Jon Trickett MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, said:

“Power comes from the people but for too long the overwhelming majority have been shut out. That’s why trust in politics and in elites is rightly falling.

“Communities should not have to wait for up to five years to act if they feel their MP is not properly representing their interests, especially with the restrictions of the Fixed Term Parliament Act.

“This proposed reform has the dramatic potential to empower citizens and will be one of many measures the Labour Party is planning to consult on and announce that will change the way politics in this country is done”.