Source: Labour List UK
Keir Starmer has confirmed that he believes the Labour Party should not vote down the so-called ‘spycops’ bill – even if the opposition party’s amendments are not approved during its passage, LabourList can reveal.
The Labour leader also told his MPs tonight that he would take a different tack on the overseas operations bill, however, confirming that he is willing to vote against at third reading if it is not amended.
The covert human intelligence sources bill (criminal conduct) bill proposed by the government is set to be rushed through its committee and third reading stages in the House of Commons on Thursday this week.
20 Labour MPs defied a one-line party whip to abstain on the bill at second reading last week, although MPs approved it by a majority of 162 votes. Concerns about the bill were voiced by MPs from across the House.
At a Parliament Labour Party meeting on Zoom this evening, attended by 180 MPs, Starmer explained that he does not believe they should vote the bill down even if Labour does not succeed in making changes.