On another shameful day in the Labour Party’s history, supposedly forensic Keir Starmer was silent as Tory MPs voted through a bill to allow security services and their informants to steal, snoop, harm and even kill with impunity.
The party’s ‘leader’ did not speak once during the debate to use his legal skills to try to persuade Tory MPs to back amendments Labour had tabled to the ‘Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct)’ Bill – and had ordered Labour MPs to abstain (yet again), even if none of the amendments succeeded, a move that cost him eight front bench resignations.
Of 201 Labour MPs, thirty-four stood up for the human, legal and civil rights of the people of this country.
Here they are:
To Starmer’s even greater disgrace, the SNP en masse and most LibDem MPs (including the two tellers for the ‘noes’) voted against the bill, alongside Green MP Caroline Lucas and a single Tory MP.
Not all of the Labour MPs who stood up to be counted today are on the left of the party and not all of them have covered themselves with glory in the past – yet today they all remembered which party they belong to and which people they’re supposed to represent.
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