Lead­som set to con­sider re­call plans

Yorkshire Post - - POLITICS & ECONOMY -

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”.

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