Do you think it's right when an MP switches parties once elected?
Which potentially means someone uses their acceptance speech to announce their allegiance to the BNP.
- Anonymous1 year agoFavourite answer
An MP should not be allowed to switch parties without calling a by-election.
I plan on turning up to work pissed tomorrow. Churchill did it so it must be OK, according to dimwit Harrison.
- shroudLv 71 year ago
NO when the person ran for office that person declared certain values and beliefs, which is why people voted for him/her
to change parties after getting in office is the same as lying to all those people, they never would have voted for the other party
- geraldLv 71 year ago
in a democratic society yes this is not a democratic society its a gravy train where money buys votes , Please do not suggest this is not a disaster or even we are not morons in helping create it for purely selfish reasons that is not democracy its dogma
- Anonymous1 year ago
No they should resign and stand for re-election on the policies of the new Party they have joined.
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- David GH UKLv 71 year ago
Winston Churchill once crossed the floor of the House to be a Liberal when he was elected a Tory,so if he did it then its ok,
- catrin lLv 71 year ago
No I don't think they have any integrity when they do that. I'm surprised the electorate puts up with it actually.
- 1 year ago
Once they've been elected they should honour their role and stay within the party.
- BiffLv 71 year ago
It isn't unreasonable for MPs to switch parties if their party has moved away from the platform on which they were elected. But immediately switching parties would be dishonest.
- Anonymous1 year ago
No. If they claimed to represent a particular party at election they should stand down if they are then going to renege on that.
- Swampy DaytonLv 71 year ago
It's the person that is elected, not the party. The electorate has to judge the integrity of the candidate.
The power of recall does not seem to apply to MP's switching party.
In my opinion switching party is part of the democratic process - an MP can rebel against his own party f they mislead the electorate.
I can't ever see enough MP's doing that to alter the party the electorate voted for. If one Labour defected to give tory a majority of 1, then so-be-it really - otherwise MP's would become automatons of a political party, unabl to quit it.
I agree that in some cases it would be 'not right' - but it should be legal, and the MP needn't quit