Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, November 30, 2015

A "Free Vote"

Syria airstrikes: Jeremy Corbyn gives Labour MPs free vote
Jeremy Corbyn is to offer a free vote to MPs on David Cameron’s proposals for UK to bomb Isis in Syria but will make clear that Labour party policy is to oppose airstrikes…

Do you know what a "free vote" is in the context of Parliamentary politics?
His decision averts the threat of a mass shadow cabinet walkout while making it clear that his own firmly held opposition to airstrikes is official Labour party policy, backed by the membership…

A "free vote" is one of those rare occasions when MPs are "allowed" to vote against their party's policy position.

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