The Queen's Speech: pressure grows for policy to allow errant MSPs to be sacked

June 4, 2014 6:18 PM

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Alistair Carmichael, the Scottish Secretary, hailed the Recall Bill as an "enormous advance" on current measures meant to deal with recalcitrant members. But critics were quick to brand the proposed legislation as meaningless because its terms were so narrowly drawn.

At present MPs can be expelled if they are sentenced to a jail term of more than 12 months; the new proposal is to expand this to any member serving a term of less than 12 months.

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