Expelled list MPs should resign - poll

List MPs expelled from their parties should have to resign from Parliament, according to a new poll out today.

In a UMR research poll of 750 New Zealanders 18 and over 70% of people believed resignation was the way to go.

16% think that they should not have to leave Parliament, while 14% are undecided.

• Support for compulsory resignation increases with age, with 81% of over 60 year olds believing that expelled list MPs should have to resign, compared with 51% of under 30 year olds.
• 78% of those who have closely followed Brendan Horan’s expulsion from the New Zealand First caucus think that expelled list MPs should have to resign.

UMR’s fortnightly Omnibus Survey specified list MPs as opposed to electorate MPs, and also MPs who are expelled as opposed to those who leave their party’s caucus of their own accord. 

The UMR Research Nationwide Omnibus Survey was conducted 6-10 December. 

It has a nationally representative sample of 750 New Zealanders 18 years and over.  The margin of error for a 50% figure at the ‘95% confidence level’ is +/- 3.6%.

 

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.. and Party Leaders who are "less than frank" to put it as NBR changed my previous post in regard to Mr Horan's rather righteous leader

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Should go.

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Why should they resign, elected member booted out of their party don't ?

The old knockem while their down syndrome. Don't you just hate that?

Just about as bad as the "w" "pom" of some years ago.

Come on - let them get on with it they'll fall by the wayside without help from anyone.

Merry Christmas, all.

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100% of over 70% are muddle headed an shouldn't be allowed to vote. If MPs expelled from their parties are expected to resign then anyone who challenges the leader is gone. There was a good recent item in NBR about this topic, explaining why.

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Better idea still: abolish list MP's all together and just give each party leader a voting certificate (like a proxy form) representing the required number of additional votes to acheive proportionality. That would mean we retained MMP (which seems to be what the country wants), but saved the cost of the additional MPs who at the end just vote on their leaders instructions, hardly ever actually attend Parliament (try watching Parliament TV) for the debates, and don't have an electorate to represent.

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Its undemocratic removing expelled MPs from parliament. The reason being when you get groups holiding power in a party like the gays in Labour, they can circumvent democracy by effectively conspiring to remove party members who stand in the way of their agenda.

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Instead of say 15 being added from the list, how about it is the 15 that gained the highest share of votes within their own electorate? People like Andrew Little who get around 1,500 votes have absolutely no mandate to be in parliament. They should be chosen by voters.

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Fair enough but only after their wrongdoing has been clearly established beyond reasonable doubt; not on the whim of the party leader or whip.

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