Parliament refuses to debate David Cameron petition which had nearly 200,000 signatures

Petitions Committee dismisses official petition

Despite securing 190,000 signatures, the petition “Vote no confidence in David Cameron” will not be debated in Parliament.

The petition said simply: “The current Tory government has caused devastation for the poorest in society for the last 5 years. We cannot afford another 5 years of Tory rule, with the recent welfare reform that will cause nothing but immense poverty in the UK.”

The petition attracted a lot of support in London, with the most signatures from Labour constituencies.

London petition map

However, the Petitions Committee, which decides which petitions need to be debated in Parliament, said it did not have the power to schedule a debate on this issue.

The committee’s official response said: “The House of Commons Petitions Committee has decided not to schedule a debate on this petition, because the Committee does not have the power to schedule debates on motions of no confidence, and the petition does not contain a specific request for action on policy.

“It is usually more effective to start a petition calling for a specific change to government policy or the law, rather than a petition about an individual Minister.

“It is still open to MPs to seek time for a debate on this petition in the main House of Commons Chamber, if they wish to do so. However, debates on motions of no confidence are fairly rare.”

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Readers' comments (1)

  • A pretty stupid petition - says more about the labour supporters behind it than anything else. They might be better concentrating on getting rid of their current 'terrorist loving' labour leader if they want to get the conservatives out at the next election.

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