Petition: Stop political parties whipping MPs in the run-up to votes

(Currently awaiting initial five signatures for publication on Parliament’s website)

When parties ‘whip’ MPs, there’s an implicit suggestion that party endorsement at the next election depends on the MPs voting according to the party line. Whether done openly or through coded messages, this undermines MPs’ ability to vote in good conscience, and should be tightly regulated.

We ask that, when a parliamentary debate or vote on a particular policy area has been scheduled, or is due to be scheduled – or a motion to hold such a debate or vote has been tabled – political parties be banned from publishing newly-developed or amended policy related to those areas, and from actively drawing party policy related to those areas to MPs’ attention, in any way.

This petition is currently waiting for the five signatures it needs to be published. Please click on the button below to sign (and remember the signature doesn’t count until you’ve clicked the link on the email they send you).

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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