But end by repeating that it is unfair for constituents in any seat, whatever the circumstances may be, to have a by-election forced on them by as few as one in ten of their number.
The Commons needs to go back to the drawing board and review flawed investigatory and recall arrangements.
This small measure may well go some way to restoring the faith of voters in democratic measures – not least in Oxford.
Either he would be turfed out of Parliament, or his constituents would shrug and say “So what?”
The Richmond Park MP has demonstrated that he has the independent spirit which helped the last two Mayors to victory.
Some wanted to give the people a say – but one MP even argued that doing so would be “an intrinsic corruption of our democracy”.
But the Government does look as if it is listening to backbench supporters of a strong Recall Bill.
The Prime Minister treats UKIP’s policies with much greater respect than he treats the Leader of the Opposition.
Clegg says he is sorry it is only a “modest” version
Nick Clegg’s original proposals were a sham – a new Recall Bill must give true power to the people.
Recall is the only way to truly empower voters. It is a reform we cannot afford to abandon.
The Richmond Park MP blasts Clegg for blocking recall, and the Prime Minister for failing to force it through.
That’s to say, we need proper open primaries, a robust right of recall, fewer MPs and Ministers – and the Commons controlling its own business.
The Government’s proposal to give recall powers to the Standards Committee simply won’t do.