Former Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott confirms whip is still in place this morning, as left back-benchers say they will rebel and vote against. Starmer’s ‘tin ear’ – or is he just more wedded to the Establishment’s agenda than human rights?
Keir Starmer is still ordering Labour MPs to abstain on the Tories policing bill – which will criminalise protest with a ten-year sentence for causing ‘annoyance’, as well as criminalising the traditional Gypsy-Roma-Traveller lifestyle – in spite of almost universal horror and outrage at the conduct of the Metropolitan Police at last night’s vigil protesting about violence against women in memory of murder victim Sarah Everard.
There had been speculation that last night’s events might cause Starmer to buckle and actually oppose the Tories for once. But as left Labour back-benchers continue to confirm that they will vote against Priti Patel’s totalitarian attempt to clamp down on the right to protest and on freedom of speech, former Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott confirmed that this morning Starmer is still ‘whipping’ Labour’s MPs to abstain.
Is Starmer’s ‘tin ear’ to the public’s view still so deaf – or does he simply prioritise the Establishment’s agenda above all else, including our human rights and civil freedoms?
Update: as this article, Labour finally announced that it will oppose the policing bill.
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