Wednesday, 26 October 2011

The Times publishes my letter on making e-petition votes in the Commons FREE VOTES not whipped votes


Sir, You report Peter Bone, MP, as saying that “if there had been a free vote tonight this motion would have been carried.” Bone had previously praised the Prime Minister for having brought in the system whereby public e-petitions signed by 100,000 people are debated in the House of Commons.

Perhaps now is the time to ensure that all debates which flow from e-petitions must be resolved by a free vote. Such a move would go some way to restoring public faith in politicians.

John Slinger
Rugby, Warks

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