This Assembly notes that on 21 June the Government formally suspended extraditionarrangements with Hong Kong, following the imposition of controversial new securitylaws on the territory by the Chinese Communist Party. This is a significant step andrecognises the Chinese Communist Party’s actions with regard to Hong Kong as an abuseof human rights.In addition, this Assembly also condemns the ongoing persecution of Uigher Muslims, andnotes the ongoing international concerns regarding the Chinese Communist Party’shuman rights record.This Assembly believes London is a truly global city, and therefore has a responsibility toshow that we support democracy, human rights and people across the world. Therefore, inlight of ongoing human rights and other abuses by the Chinese Communist Party, this Assembly calls on the Mayor to rescinding of the twinning arrangement agreed in 2006.
The motion was defeated by nine votes to eight with Labour AMs voting against and the Greens abstaining. Was this merely a case of two left-wing parties opposing a Tory motion for the sake of it, or were they more interested in defending the interests of the Chinese Communist Party?
This afternoon @LondonLabour sided with the Chinese Government and turned their back on the Uyghur Muslim community, as well as the people of Hong Kong.— Shaun Bailey (@ShaunBaileyUK) September 10, 2020
My motion won cross party support, but lost 9-8.
I oppose genocide. @LondonLabour apparently don’t. https://t.co/WZePgU3Nj7
Labour hit back by saying that their own motion condemning the Chinese government had passed. However, the Labour motion contained nothing but a series of limp-wristed proposals including a review into 'the future viability of twinning arrangements'. The final two paragraphs of the motion condemned an (alleged) rise in Sinophobia following the pandemic and called on Khan to write to Priti Patel demanding a 'hate crime action plan' to deal with the (alleged) problem.
Sorry London Labour, but hasn't government already got its hands full dealing with real problems - like the resurgence of a virus unleashed on the world by China?