Source: Labour List UK
Six Labour MPs have joined with other parliamentary colleagues in a group of 24 to vote against renewing the provisions in the Coronavirus Act, including former leadership challenger Rebecca Long-Bailey.
In a vote in the House of Commons this evening, MPs voted overwhelmingly to back extending the powers in the emergency legislation pushed through by the government earlier in the coronavirus pandemic.
But Long-Bailey, Dawn Butler, Kevan Jones, John Spellar, Graham Stringer and Derek Twigg defied the Labour whip to join six Tory rebels, Caroline Lucas and the Lib Dems in rejecting the extension of the legislation.
Long-Bailey warned MPs during the debate that the government promise of parliamentary scrutiny was “nothing more than a gentleman’s agreement”, and said the Act allowed “clumsy and asymmetric authoritarianism”.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock had announced that the government would start allowing Commons votes on significant national measures – held “wherever possible” before the rules are implemented – in a bid to reassure Tory rebels.