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Starmer colludes with Tories to defeat attempt to repeal anti-protest law

Shameful abstentionism strikes again

Keir Starmer has again colluded with the Tories in turning the UK into a rogue, police state. After waving through the Spycops bill to grant impunity to criminal undercover police and their agents and making no serious effort to prevent the anti-protest ‘Public Order Bill’ becoming law – a law he says he has no intention of changing if he gets into government because, ridiculously, police don’t ‘have to use them’ just because they’ve been given powers – and abstaining on a vote to protect journalists from state persecution, Starmer ordered Labour to abstain in the SNP’s attempt today to repeal the anti-protest law.

The SNP lost the vote by 228-57 – the breakdown of the vote is not yet on Hansard, but it seems clear the motion would have passed if Labour had supported it, especially if it had done so intelligently without flagging the intention to the Tories. The SNP rightly said Labour was guilty of “simply looking like gormless Tory sidekicks”.

Keir Starmer is a ‘long-time servant of the security services‘ and has again colluded in the trampling of human rights central to a functioning democracy. His true colours are well and truly on show, despite his mealy-mouthed attempts to pretend he is anything else.

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