Leadsom set to consider recall plans
COMMONS LEADER Andrea Leadsom has said she is willing to hear more about John Bercow’s suggestion to allow MPs to trigger a recall of Parliament.
The Conservative frontbencher said the idea was among the “extremely interesting” ones mooted by the Speaker in a speech to the Hansard Society.
Under the current rules, only the Government can seek a recall of MPs to Westminster in order to respond to a major crisis when Parliament is not sitting – such as a weekend or recess.
The Speaker must then decide whether or not to agree to the Government’s request.
Mr Bercow said it should be possible to develop a mechanism for MPs to request a recall – provided there is sufficient support in the House.
He added careful thought would need to be given to such a reform to prevent it being “exploited for partisan purposes”.