Private Members Bills (2017-19 Parliament)
Each year, Members of Parliament enter a raffle. If they win the raffle they’re allowed to present their own bill to the House of Commons. A private members bill is a draft new law presented by that MP, and not the Government. There are a number of “Friday sittings” each year where MPs can debate and vote on a private members bill. Usually, there isn’t enough time for private members bills to become law but it gives MPs the opportunity to debate an issue they care about. Unless the Government supports a private members bill, MPs who support the Government often “filibuster” the debate (which means they keep talking until time runs out and a vote can’t happen).
Here is the list of private members bills which I have supported, by being present on the Parliamentary Estate as they were debated to vote if needed, so far:
Constituency boundary changes
This bill aimed to reverse Government changes to Parliamentary constituency boundaries.
Homes – fitness for human habitation
This bill aims to require all rented homes to be fit for human habitation.
Mobile phones in prison
With HMP Bristol close to the constituency, I felt it was important to support this bill, as it aimed to make it easier to disrupt phone use in prisons.
I supported a bill which could change the organ donor register to opt-in, potentially saving lives.
At the moment, UK citizens lose their right to vote in UK Parliamentary elections after living abroad for 15 years. This bill aims to change that, in line with much of the rest of the world.
I was in Parliament to support this bill to regulate the use of force in mental health units. It was named after a young man who died in such a situation.
A bill aiming to introduce Stalking Protection Orders, for the safety of stalking victims.
Votes at 16
I supported the bill to lower the voting age to 16, so that 16 and 17 year olds can vote in elections.
Parking (Code of Practice) Bill
The Bill requires the Secretary of State to prepare a code of practice containing guidance about the operation and management of private car parks.