MPs need more power to hold the government to account and need to enjoy greater independence from their parties. They also need to shed much of their role as appellate body for every trivial complaint from their constituents over access to rationed public services. Above all, MPs must be free to act in Parliament according to their own judgement - they are representatives, not delegates. For all of the foregoing, we must protect their rights, preserve their independence and defend their privileges.
The power of recall should be available to their constituents and to no others in the event of a gross breach of trust or duty by a sitting MP. It should not be subject to approval by fellow MPs, nor conditional upon a criminal conviction nor on the imposition of a prison sentence. The democratic hurdle must be high enough to discourage frivolous or vexatious moves to recall.
This legislation will need careful construction and deep consideration. MPs must be free to act in accordance with their conscience in Parliament as long as they maintain those standards of conduct and probity required for anyone in public office. MPs aren't saints, and many will err and regret it. But for the expenses thieves, the bribe-takers, those assisting foreign powers against Britain's interest, the incorrigible and persistently morally iniquitous and for those grossly negligent in the exercise of duties as Members of Parliament there must be the sanction of dismissal.