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Labour rebels September 12, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Perhaps no surprise that the Tories managed to get through their Bill last night.
Interesting to see the list of those who voted with the Tories.

The result handed May an effective “Brexit majority” of 36 after seven Labour MPs – Ronnie Campbell, Frank Field, Kate Hoey, Kelvin Hopkins, John Mann, Dennis Skinner and Graham Stringer – defied their own party whip to support the government, arguing that the referendum demanded the legislation be passed.

In fairness to Skinner he’s always been pro-Leave. But John Mann? As for Hoey, say no more. And what of the hapless Caroline Flint who merely abstained, not finding it within herself to vote clearly one way or another.

As to the line from some of them that this represents the ‘will of the people’ and therefore the Tories bill must be supported to uphold that will.

Really? That’s the job of Labour is it?I thought the job of oppositions was to generally oppose. And since there are different forms of Brexit it is entirely reasonable to support one over another. Given that the BLP takes a different line on Brexit (accepting the referendum but seeking a softer version) hard to see that as being terribly compelling as a rationale.

By the by, it will be interesting reading the transcripts to see how much our island figures in the debate.



1. GW - September 12, 2017

I hope there’s some tactics behind this failure to whip the British Parliamentary Labour party in the his instance, and they are saving their powder for a better opportunity.

The party certainly whipped them to vote to begin the process.

Because if not the Tories & the DUP will drive straight over the hard Brexit cliff without effective opposition. With the consequent collateral damage in Ireland.


2. roddy - September 12, 2017

So much for SF being urged to take the oath “in Ireland’s interest”. A majority of 36 in a so called “knife edge” parliament!

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GW - September 12, 2017

True dat.


3. GW - September 12, 2017

I hope that if mandatory selection is introduced the voting record on Brexit will play some part.


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