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MPs could be forced to debate a no-confidence vote in David Cameron

Petition is closing in on the 100,000 signatures required for MPs to consider the motion for debate in Parliament

Matt Dathan
Online political reporter
Thursday 05 November 2015 16:22 GMT
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David Cameron introduced the e-petition initiative after entering Downing Street in 2010
David Cameron introduced the e-petition initiative after entering Downing Street in 2010 (Getty)

MPs could be forced to debate a no-confidence vote in the British Prime Minister, David Cameron.

A petition, which accuses him of causing "devastation for the poorest in society for the last 5 years", is closing in on the 100,000 signatures required for a parliamentary debate.

It adds: “We cannot afford another 5 years of Tory rule, with the recent welfare reform that will cause nothing but immense poverty in the UK.”

Petitions that pass 10,000 signatures receive a response from the Government, while any petition attracting more than 100,000 names is considered for debate in Westminster Hall, the overflow room for parliamentary debate.

However the Government has yet to respond to the petition, despite it easily passing the 10,000 threshold with more than 97,000 signatures as of Thursday afternoon.

The petition, started by Kelly Teeboon in July, is likely to reach the required 100,000 target within the six-month time limit.

Mr Cameron introduced the e-petition initiative when he entered Downing Street in 2010 in a bid to boost democracy and transparency.

A similar petition calling for a debate on a vote of no confidence in Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt was rejected by MPs earlier this year, despite it attracting more than 220,000 signatures.

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