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THE SAY NO PARTY
RESTORING VOTER TRUST IN ELECTED OFFICIALS AND GOVERNANCE:
We think it is fair to say that public confidence in the political system has been steadily declining –
and that isn’t surprising given the sheer number of scandals that have come to light in recent years
coupled with serious failings to take action to prevent history repeating itself.
If there is to be change, it must start at the top! We propose the following measures as a starting
point in cleaning up the world of politics
Introduce MP Recall: In 2010, the Coalition proposed the introduction of legislation that would allow
MPs to be Recalled, a process where constituents can force a by election if certain specific criteria
are met. This policy was quietly abandoned a year later but in the final months of the Coalition it
suddenly found itself hastily revived – with massive glaring flaws. We must ensure recall laws give
people the chance to hold their officials to account for a wide number of reasons.
Reduce and Control MP Salary: It is highly offensive that a pro-austerity government that has taken
so much away from the disadvantaged would vote for a massively above inflation pay rise.
Politicians should lead by example! The Say No Party will impose a pay reduction back to 2013 levels
(£65,738 excluding allowances) and enforce a freeze on salary for the full Parliamentary term.
Politicians should lead by example - it is unacceptable that they be granted salary increases way
above that of workers in the private sector.
Cap and Control MP Expenses: Even after the huge scandal over the abuse of the expenses and
allowances provided to MPs during the twilight of the Labour regime, little has been done to curb
abuse of the system - and the expenses bill has only risen year on year! Detailed analysis shows
some officials claiming expenses that exceed their annual pay - how does this make sense?
We will see to it that Non-Staffing Expenses are be capped at 75% of salary and clear guidelines will
drafted as to what constitutes a legitimate claim. Abuse of the system will be grounds for Recall and
massive or sustained misuse will result in dismissal - as it would in ANY other profession where an
employee stole from the company!
Additionally, under our proposals, MPs will only be able to claim costs of Standard Class rail or air
fare - if they wish to travel First Class, the additional outlay must be paid from their own pocket!
Investigate Alleged Drug Abuses: Rumors about drug abuse in the halls of power have run rife and
recent revelations call into question just how widespread such actions are. We will resolve this issue
by introducing random drug tests for elected officials and Lords with IMMEDIATE dismissal from
office and prosecution for any member proven to have taken prohibited substances.
Pass 'Sivier's Law': Mike Sivier of the 'Vox Political' blog launced a peitition to Pass legislation to
ensure no Member of Parliament may vote on legislation which would benefit any commercial
operation in which they have a financial interest or that donates to them. While he did not garner
enough signatories to get the matter debated, an official response was made which we found
lacking. The fact that such things are legal and go unquestioned is astonishing and we would enact
the reforms proposed by Mr. Sivier!
Regulate Party Whips: It is imperative that abuse of the party whip system ceases – ensuring an MP
turns up to vote is important and there is no problem with requesting that they vote in line with
party philosophy – but threatening them into complicity is unacceptable!
Make Parliament more Open: We will expand scope of Freedom of Information laws to ensure
greater transparency. Unless a matter is of national security or part of an on-going investigation,
nothing should be kept from the people.
Manifesto Reform: Seek to make party manifestos legally binding documents – putting an end to
broken pre election promises and restoring voter confidence! Failure to uphold the terms will be
suitable grounds for a Recall vote. Allowances will be made for genuine cases involving unforseen