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Consequences of changing parties.

Consequences of changing parties.

Postby Hairyloon » Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:50 am

I know it is good practice for an MP who changes party to step down and seek re-election, but is there any law on the subject?
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Re: Consequences of changing parties.

Postby atticus » Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:58 am

Resignation/by-election is not necessary. It is not usual. The two recent Tory defectors to UKIP did it for tactical/political reasons.

Most MPs who switch parties do not resign their seats to force a by-election.

There is no law on the subject. You will have to look into Parliamentary conventions, Erskine May and such like.

Are you planning to sue your MP?
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Re: Consequences of changing parties.

Postby Hairyloon » Thu Jul 30, 2015 10:14 am

atticus wrote:Are you planning to sue your MP?

No, I am just playing with ideas for the next election...

I know that most parties have rules which preclude them from also being members of another party, but is there any law to prohibit it?
I assume that it is not possible to stand on two parties for election, unless they are in a formal partnership.
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Re: Consequences of changing parties.

Postby atticus » Thu Jul 30, 2015 11:05 am

Surely that is a matter for party rules.
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Re: Consequences of changing parties.

Postby Smouldering Stoat » Thu Jul 30, 2015 4:36 pm

A candidate may stand for two parties; the nominating officers of both parties must both sign a certificate authorising him to use their descriptions. A number of Labour MPs are also members of the Co-Operative Party, and IIRC Plaid Cymru and the Greens used to run joint candidates.
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Re: Consequences of changing parties.

Postby Hairyloon » Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:08 pm

Good answer, thank you.
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Re: Consequences of changing parties.

Postby dls » Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:16 pm

There is no convention or other obligation requiring an MP resigning from his party to resign as MP.
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Re: Consequences of changing parties.

Postby Hairyloon » Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:35 pm

dls wrote:There is no convention or other obligation requiring an MP resigning from his party to resign as MP.

Atti' already said that. Would it help if I changed "know" to "think" in the first post?
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Re: Consequences of changing parties.

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Re: Consequences of changing parties.

Postby atticus » Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:43 pm

Hairy: I doubt it.
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