What dissolution powers should MPs have?
David Cameron has defended plans to make parliaments fixed term and give MPs the power to directly dissolve parliament. What is your reaction?
The coalition agreement states that power to call an election as and when they wished would be taken off the government by fixing each parliamentary term at five years. It also allows for the direct dissolution of parliament if 55% or more of the House votes in favour.
MPs currently have no way of voting directly for dissolution, although they can hold a vote of no confidence. If carried by a majority of 50% plus one and no other party is able to form a government, this motion can lead to the dissolution of parliament and a general election. The coalition's plans would not affect votes of no confidence, which would continue to operate on a 50% plus one basis.
Representatives at the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales and the Northern Ireland Assembly already have the power of direct dissolution if two thirds of their respective members vote in favour.
What do you think of this proposal? Should MPs have the power to directly dissolve parliament? What effect would this reform have?
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