Iain Wright MP has treated the people of Hartlepool with complete contempt by voting against the proposed amendment to the MPs recall bill, according to UKIP’s North East Euro MP, Jonathan Arnott.
The statement comes following the recent vote on Monday in the House of Commons in which MPs rejected the amendment by 340 to 166.
Under the government-backed plans there would only be a by-election if 10% of constituents signed a petition after the sitting MP is either sentenced to more than 12 months in jail, or banned from the Commons for more than 21 days.
Mr Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston, however, had created a rival plan in which MPs would face a recall referendum if 5% of voters in a constituency sign a “notice of intent to recall”, and 20% then sign a “recall petition”.
Arnott said “It is blindingly obvious the reason Mr Wright, along with majority of the house, voted against this bill – because they have zero trust in the electorate. He is once again proving that he is only in politics for himself and has no regard for the concept of democracy”.
Labour’s shadow justice secretary, Sadiq Khan, said the Labour Party wouldn’t vote for a system that could give vested interests power to kick out MPs simply because they dislike the way a politician has voted on controversial issues.
Arnott, who has his office based in the town, added “The people of Hartlepool have voted for Labour years, and consistently they’ve been let down like a cheap pair of braces. If the people of Hartlepool feel that their MP has let them down – they should have the ability to kick them out and choose someone else. The people are the bosses of politicians, the people pay the politician’s wages, and politicians need to realise they should be putting the people’s best interest to the top of their agenda.”