By-elections triggered by defections/resignations of standing MPs.

By-elections triggered by defections/resignations of standing MPs.

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The issue

Currently British politics isn’t working for the people it is supposed to represent. And at a time when the British people don’t feel represented. The British government is attempting to leave and negotiate the future relationship with its biggest economic Allie. Recently a few MPs have defected to there opponent parties. The problem as I see it. A candidate is elected by the people. A small percentage will have elected them because of their individual mandate. A bigger percentage will vote them in due to the party they represent and the party mandate.

Currently the governing party no longer holds a governing majority, because of resignations and defections. Which means there are constituencies that are now represented by a party that they didn’t vote in. Consequently the constituents are no longer democratically represented in parliament. There is an argument that a candidate is elected solely on their personal mandate. But the issue comes in where the party they represent doesn’t represent the candidates core beliefs, by this I mean the two main parties conservatives and labour. And party politics over rule.

I see some of these MPs as just career politicians. They feel their core beliefs are going to lose them their seat in the party they represent so they defect to another party which means they aren’t out of a job. I still believe that most seats are elected due to the party and not solely the candidate.

The solution

A by-election is a simple solution to this issue. Any resignations or defections should automatically trigger a by-election to re-elect a candidate to the seat in question that represents the constituents.

This isn’t about brexit. However, brexit has highlighted big issues with our democratic system. These problems need to be dealt with. This isn’t about my political beliefs. It’s about everyone’s political beliefs and everyone should feel they had the chance to elect their representative.

 

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