UK plans to give voters right to fire lawmakers

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Posted: Dec 13, 2011 10:29 AM
UK plans to give voters right to fire lawmakers

The British government has drawn up plans that make it easier for Parliament and voters to fire a lawmaker convicted of serious wrongdoing.

Plans published Tuesday give voters the right to launch a petition to forcing any constituency legislator given a prison sentence to resign. The House of Commons will also be able to vote to launch a petition.

In both cases, the lawmaker will have to step down if 10 percent of constituents sign the petition.

Current legislation allows a lawmaker to keep their seat if they are jailed for under a year. The plans were published in a draft Bill that now has to be approved by lawmakers.