MPs could be forced to debate a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister David Cameron, after an e-petition passed 100,000 signatures.
The petition accuses the Conservative leader of causing “devastation for the poorest in society for the last 5 years”, as the divide between the rich and the poor in the UK continues to grow, in part because of Tory policies.
Any motion on Parliament’s e-petition website which attracts more than 100,000 signatures in less than six months is automatically put forward to the E-Petitions and Backbench Business Committee of MPs, who decide whether a parliamentary debate on the matter would be a good idea.
The petition, launched by Kelly Teeboon, states: “We cannot afford another 5 years of Tory rule, with the recent welfare reform that will cause nothing but immense poverty in the UK”.
David Cameron introduced the e-petition initiative when he first came into power in 2010 in a bid to boost democracy and transparency – a decision he’s probably regretting now.
However, considering that a similar petition calling for a debate of no confidence in Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt was rejected last year, despite it reaching more than 220,000 signatures, the odds of this making it into the House of Commons don’t look to promising.
Still, even if nothing comes of the petition (which is now nearing 150,000 signatures), it does at least demonstrate just how many people are sick of the Conservative government and their austerity policies.