MPs Must live in their Constituencies before Election

Candidates must live  for a minimum of three years in a constituency before becoming eligeable to be that constituency's MP.

This will increase local understanding and promote geographic diversity of MPs. 

edited on Mar 28, 2015 by Morgan Gross

Ian Smith Apr 6, 2015

Dear All,

I am posting a quick comment here and in my other ideas.

Firstly, I want to say how much I have enjoyed seeing all of your contributions on this and other ideas and how impressed I am with the range of expertise and erudition which has filled these debates.

Secondly, I wish to put forward a couple of suggestions as to a way forward at this stage.  They are:

A.   I suggest that we all refrain from further voting until the ideas have been refined and represented and have then been debated for a while.  My thinking here is that we will want to see the reshaped ideas and see the comments on those refined ideas before we decide whether they are to be voted up or down,  I do not think that we should refrain from voting on comments but perhaps try not to vote too hastily on them.

B.  Now that the hurly burly of the "Hacking" phase (some of it quite savage) has passed, I hope and wish that we will adopt a more collaborative and less combative approach in our commentary, so that commentary is given a chance to be constructive and really do the job of refining the ideas in question.

C.  I would hope that we can refrain from attacking the very existence of the idea under discussion in this phase or the fact that it has successfully gone through to this phase against the wishes of those who voted it down.  I sincerely hope that the previous critics of an idea, will still respect that it found favour with the crowd and now help to refine the idea in this phase.

Thirdly, I will try my best not to introduce any more typos and mangled phrases! 

Best wishes


Mark Cooke Apr 13, 2015

The impact of this would vary enormously depending on the size of constituencies,   which in turn depends on the electoral system.  It would be very restrictive for the FPTP or AV seats in any AMS system (which would be likley to be similar in size to current constituencies.  How would you propose it should work if there are two tier elections?


A more practicable version might be to require candidates to live in the relevant region (in much the same way as council candidate currently have to live in the council area,  not necessarily the smaller area they represent).