Party leader Starmer had whipped MPs to abstain again on ‘Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct)’ Bill
Labour front-bencher Dan Carden has dramatically resigned as Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury in protest at party leader Keir Starmer’s insistence on whipping Labour MPs to abstain on the Tories’ ‘Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct)’ Bill.
The bill will give any undercover intelligence source, including civilians, to commit any crime in the pursuit of intel and is widely expected to be used against unions and left groups, as well as giving a free hand to security forces for a repeat of behaviour like that which led to the ‘spycops’ scandal.
In a statement, Carden cited concerns about the impact on human rights of the ‘abuse of state power’:
On this occasion I am resolute that as a matter of conscience I must use my voice and my vote on behalf of my constituents to object to legislation that sets dangerous new precedents on the rule of law and civil liberties in this country.
As a Liverpool MP and trade unionist, I share the deep concerns about this legislation from across the labour movement, human rights organisations, and so many who have suffered the abuse of state power, from blacklisted workers to the Hillsborough families and survivors.
The resignation is a huge blow for Starmer and his tactic of avoiding voting against the Tories whenever possible in the hope of not offending Conservative voters.
Well done to Dan Carden for taking a stand. If only his party leader would follow suit.
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