Petition: Require Parliamentary approval for all ministerial appointments and removal

(Published on 3.9.19 but cancelled when Parliament was dissolved for the 2019 election)

The appointment of MPs to government jobs creates a potential conflict between their responsibilities to their constituents and their duties as public officials. Parliament should ensure that leaders’ powers to make such appointments are subject to checks and balances.

Appointments to government jobs should be made on the basis of ability and experience and incumbents should not be removed from office just to make way for someone else.

To constrain leaders’ powers of patronage, we ask that Parliament establish a requirement that no Member of Parliament be appointed or removed from a Government job without Parliament’s consent, as demonstrated (where necessary) in a secret ballot.

As of 3rd September, this petition is live. Clicking on the button below will take you to the parliamentary petitions site. Please sign and share it widely.

This is one of a number of constitutional reform petitions I’ve started. Please also look at the others and sign any that you agree with. (Link opens in a new tab)


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