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Secret courts bill: the rebels

5 March 2013

9:13 AM

5 March 2013

9:13 AM

The government won all four votes on the report stage of the Justice and Security Bill last night, but there was still a crop of Coalition rebels when each division was called, and a number of abstentions from both parties too.

The issue has excited the group of Tory MPs you see listed below, but for the Lib Dems it is an altogether more pressing matter because they will face their party’s activists this weekend at the Lib Dem spring conference in Brighton. As I reported last week, activists have prepared an emergency motion on the matter, and if selected, it will be debated before the very final stage of the Bill in Parliament, known as ping-pong.

One of the most interesting divisions is the third – division 171 – where the chairman of the 1922 Committee Graham Brady joined the rebels to vote in favour of an amendment from Labour’s Andy Slaughter. I’ve linked to details of each amendment.

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Division 169 – Ayes 225, Noes (the Government side) 298 – majority of 73.
Rebels:
Steve Baker
Mike Crockart
David Davis
Tim Farron
Richard Fuller
John Hemming
Simon Hughes
Julian Huppert
Greg Mulholland
Sarah Teather
Andrew Tyrie

Division 170 – Ayes 226, Noes (Government side) 297 – majority of 71.
Rebels:
Steve Baker
Mike Crockart
David Davis
Tim Farron
John Hemming
Simon Hughes
Julian Huppert
Greg Mulholland
Sarah Teather
Andrew Tyrie

Division 171 – Ayes 231, Noes (Government side) 296 – majority of 65. 
Rebels:
Steve Baker
Graham Brady
Annette Brooke
Christopher Chope
Mike Crockart
Tim Farron
John Hemming
Simon Hughes
Julian Huppert
Greg Mulholland
Sarah Teather
Andrew Tyrie

Division 172 – Ayes 227, Noes (Government side) 295 – majority of 68.
Rebels:
Mike Crockart
David Davis
Tim Farron
John Hemming
Simon Hughes
Julian Huppert
Greg Mulholland
Sarah Teather
Andrew Tyrie

The Bill has a second day of report stage and third reading on Thursday.

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  • In2minds

    First Secret courts and soon the Snoopers charter, just what a progressive
    state needs!

    • Colonel Mustard

      Nicely set up for New New Labour to “enhance” for their one-party, one-nation state in 2015. East Germany circa 1965 here we come!

      • dalai guevara

        Yes indeed, blame all on one side – suggestions to leave ECHR, suggestions to pull up draw bridges and sulk, paying off 400+ tortured foreigners by the MOD (what does Amnesty International think where we now stand in the rating tables?), secret courts, snooping, establishment rigging just about any swap/insurance/interest rate one can find, multi billion pound fines but no jail time, and your side is taking a step back and applying common sense?

        And now the most common of all excuses: ‘every government needs to deal with what their predcessors have left behind’. Well, yes of course, but HOW they are dealing with it, God help us.

        • Colonel Mustard

          I’m not blaming anyone for anything. Merely anticipating the devil I know.

          • telemachus

            As head cyber-bully you blame almost anyone with reasonable views for the misery being visited on the hapless British population by the current revanchist regime

      • telemachus

        New Labour are discredited
        All reasonable people wish to distance themselves from the trimmers and compromisers

  • Dicky14

    Good on Andrew Tyrie. We came to expect this under Labour but for the Tories to push it, well, what price Liberty eh? Is there any point at all voting Tory when their difference to the socialists is so miniscule that you have to wander into a semantic argument about what constitutes a bedroom? So depressing, so tediously depressing.

    • Colonel Mustard
      • Dicky14

        Thanks for that.

        • telemachus

          Yes for once I too have to be grateful

          “Inadequate proposals to strengthen the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), which is supposed to oversee the intelligence services but which failed to uncover the truth about rendition. The Bill will not give the ISC the independence from the executive that it needs”

          This is all a legacy from Blair/Bush warmongering

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