MP's disaplinary record

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Dear House of Commons,
I am enquiring about what happens when an MP breaks either the law or your own code of conduct ? I frequently see the behaviour of members of parliament being questioned ,expenses claims and being dishonest to the public , but news of what repercussions is never published . I would like a list of current MP's who have been brought under any interal disaplinary procedure and the outcome and also members who have broken the law and the repercussions in their position. Does breaking the law or internal rules ever result in being fired as it would in a normal job .

Yours faithfully,
Mark Smith

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Dear Mr Smith,

 

 

Freedom of Information Request F16-210

 

Thank you for your request for information as copied below.  You asked a
number of questions about disciplinary procedures which we have sought to
answer below.

 

1)   what happens when a MP breaks either the law or your own code of
conduct?

 

This information is held by the House of Commons.  If a Member of
Parliament breaks the law they will be dealt with by the relevant police
authority in the same way as any other citizen.

 

Members of Parliament are bound to abide by the Code of Conduct
([1]http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa...). Any reports
of breaches of this code are investigated by the Parliamentary
Commissioner for Standards and the Standards Committee. This information
is published on the parliamentary web pages here:
[2]http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-o....

As the information you request is reasonably accessible to you otherwise
than under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 your FOI request is
refused. In refusing your request the House is applying the exemption set
out in section 21 (1) and (2) (a) of the FOI Act. This is an absolute
exemption and the public interest test does not apply.

 

2)  I would like a list of current MP's who have been brought under any
internal disciplinary procedure and the outcome and also Members who have
broken the law and the repercussions in their position.

 

Details of the Commissioner’s investigations of alleged breaches of the
Code of Conduct, and any follow up actions taken by the Standards
Committee, are published on the parliamentary web pages here:
[3]http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-o....

As the information you request is reasonably accessible to you otherwise
than under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 your FOI request is
refused. In refusing your request the House is applying the exemption set
out in section 21 (1) and (2) (a) of the FOI Act. This is an absolute
exemption and the public interest test does not apply.

 

A list of current MPs who have broken the law and any action subsequently
taken by the police is not held by the House of Commons.  The information
you require may be held by the relevant police force and you may therefore
wish to consider submitting your request to them.  The contact details of
the various police forces in the country are available online.

 

3)  Does breaking the law or internal rules ever result in being fired as
it would in a normal job?

 

Members of Parliament are not employed by the House of Commons, so this
information is not held. 

 

It may help you to know that, whilst an elected Member cannot be ‘fired’
from being a MP, their party may decide to sack them from a ministerial or
other special position if they are found to have behaved inappropriately. 
 Members may also lose the support of their party (described as
“withdrawing the whip”) on a temporary or permanent basis under certain
conditions.  Lastly, Members may be deselected as an election candidate by
their party or even lose their seats in an election if they are found to
have broken rules or the law.  However, these all matters for the relevant
political party, not the House of Commons.

 

You may also find it helpful to read the following information, summarised
by the House of Commons Library, about the Recall of MPs Bill 2014-15,
available on the parliamentary website here: 
[4]http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/R....

 

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

 

         
Information Rights Manager
Information Rights and Information Security (IRIS) Service | House of
Commons

 

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