Tuesday 6 October 2020


Keir Starmer has suffered another rebellion in the House of Commons.  On Monday MPs voted on the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill and Labour MPs were instructed to abstain.  17 refused to do so and voted against the bill at its second reading.

The bill is designed to give legal protection to police officers, intelligence agents and their sources if they break the law during operations.  Less than a third of MPs registered a vote and the bill easily sailed through to its next stage.

All the Labour rebels belong to the Socialist Campaign Group - with the exception of Dawn Butler - as follows.

Diane Abbott
Paula Barker
Apsana Begum
Olivia Blake
Richard Burgon
Dawn Butler
Ian Byrne
Jeremy Corbyn
Ian Lavery
John McDonnell
Grahame Morris
Kate Osamor
Kate Osborne
Zarah Sultana
Mick Whitley
Nadia Whittome
Beth Winter

Another SCG member - Jon Trickett - also reportedly opposed the bill, but due to an administrative error his vote wasn't registered.  Both Labour tellers also opposed the bill - Bell Ribeiro-Addy and Lloyd Russell-Moyle - also of the SCG.  Tellers are not included in the count.

The other opponents were two Plaid Cymru and one SDLP member.