As one of those who signed the Parliament e-petition calling for filibustering to be ended, This Writer has just one thing to add:
If this change is enacted, will Philip Davies need to find a new excuse to justify his existence?
MPs could be banned from “talking out” or “filibustering” laws proposed by backbenchers, under proposals drawn up by an influential parliamentary committee.
The House of Commons procedure committee, which is investigating the way that backbench legislation is made, has recommended that some bills proposed by backbenchers be given a guaranteed vote at their second reading – far increasing their chances of becoming law.
Under the proposals, time limits would be imposed on MPs’ speeches on a Friday afternoon to stop them from indefinitely delaying the debate until time runs out for a vote.
A small number of mainly Conservative backbenchers have caused consternation in recent months by blocking a series of pieces of backbench legislation by using up time with long, sometimes rambling speeches.
Bills blocked without a vote by the loose group of legislators include one to mandate that children be taught first aid in schools, another to remove hospital car parking charges for carers, and one to make sure that homes rented out by private landlords are fit for human habitation.
Over 50,000 people have signed a petition on the parliament website calling for reform of the filibuster rule.
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