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First broadcast:
Tuesday 09 March 2010

Should our MPs be more accountable?

With Parliament still reeling from the fallout of the expenses scandal and the election looming, is now a good time to redefine the relationship between our MPs and their constituents? What would you like to see happen to make our MPs more accountable?

The government has promised a form of proportional representation - after the next election. The Conservatives are toying with giving constituents the power to 'recall' MPs if they are not up to the job. And the Liberal Democrats are sticking to their long-held support of proportional representation.

Meanwhile political activists are turning to the internet to improve accountability. The Democracy Club wants to quiz Parliamentary candidates on local issues and track winning candidates' actions and voting record in Parliament. Is it a good idea, or do we tamper with the current system at our peril?


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