Yesterday in The House of Commons it was announced that “disgraced MP” Fiona Onasanya had been fired as the Member of Parliament for the town of Peterborough. This was brought about not by the Labour Party, not by Parliament but BY HER OWN CONSTITUENTS! Democracy at work in the UK at last, momentous, and not a hint of a whisper of it on the BBC website! Now there’s a surprise!
For those of you who don’t know the story, this lady was jailed in December 2018 for perverting the course of justice and lying in court. She was allowed to remain as an MP however, and in March, the day she was released early, she entered parliament wearing a monitoring tag on her ankle to monitor her movements in complying with the terms of her release. On that same day she voted against our government in actually leaving the EU on March 29th as prescribed by law, and which has led to two further delays and votes holding us up from leaving till at least October. The government lost this vote by ONE vote!!!!!!! The outrage around the country has been very loud.
But now, the people of Peterborough have used a law against her by actioning a petition from within the town which allows them to “Recall” (which means fire or sack)their MP provided they had 7000 signatures. They had reached 20,000 when the petition boxes were sent to parliament yesterday and we had the wonderful sight of the Speaker, John Bercow, having to announce it …. He didn’t like it as you can see him screwing up his face in this short video. There will now be an election for a new MP in Peterborough in June.
I at last have a positive feel about our democracy because the use of this Recall Law actually gives the people of Britain the right to get rid of their representative at ANY time, provided they get only 10% of constituents to sign the Recall Petition. Specifically it gives us the right to remove those MPs who have shown utter contempt for their constituents by leaving their original party, ignoring all of the promises and policies they agreed to deliver, joining a different party, and still drawing their £77,000 salary plus mega expenses.
I sincerely hope that the constituencies of the following MPs act on this Law and begin proceedings to remove them. If you live in any of those constituencies and are unhappy with these people being contemptuous of you and your vote ….. You know what to do!:
Anna Soubry (Broxtowe, Notts.)
Heidi Allen (South Cambridgeshire)
Angela Smith (Penistone & Stockbridge)
Ann Coffey (Stockport)
Chris Leslie (Nottingham East)
Chukka Umunna (Streatham)
Joan Ryan (Enfield North)
Gavin Shuker (Luton South)
Luciana Berger (Liverpool Wavertree)
Sarah Woolaston (Totnes, Devon)
Mike Gapes (Ilford South)