Petition: Put an option on ballot papers for a ‘jury’s choice’ MP

(Published on 13.8.19 but cancelled when Parliament was dissolved for the 2019 election)

Many people don’t vote in elections because they don’t want to be represented by any of the candidates standing. Some of those non-voters feel we’d be better served if MPs were chosen through some form of random selection; those people are currently denied the chance to properly express their will.

Many capable, diligent, public-spirited people would never actively seek to become MPs but would willingly step up to the responsibility, if called upon.

We ask that Parliament require that:

a) all ballot papers for elections to Parliament include an option for a ‘jury’s choice’ MP; and

b) if that option wins, a jury (composed of randomly-selected members of the local electorate who are willing to serve as MP) be convened to discuss the role and choose one of their number to be the new MP.

As of 13th August, 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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