Friday, March 12, 2010

Should all Labour PPCs commit to an 'ethics' pledge?

As the next election date fast approaches and Labour candidates are busy printing off leaflets and generally getting ready to do battle we need to ensure that we give some thought to how best we can set about using the election to restore trust and confidence in 'the system' after the events of the past year. One idea is for Labour PPCs to pledge to stick by an ethical and operational code of conduct which she/he would then be compelled to self-evaluate against at least yearly and before local people are given the opportunity to scrutinise his/her actions via an annual constituency meeting where the MP would report back on his/her work.

For example Labour PPCs might commit to:

  • Monthly on-line publication of all expenses and allowance claims.
  • No paid or unpaid employment outside of their full-time position of being an MP.
  • Responding to all enquiries from constituents within a specified period - say 5 working days?
  • Holding monthly surgeries (I am still amazed that some MPs do not do this)

What have I missed?

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