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Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Labour Oppose By Abstaining. Some Opposition.
The Media of course is reporting on the fact that 48 Labour Mps voted against the Welfare Bil last night not that the majority of what is supost to be "Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition" didn't As expected, the government's welfare bill was passed by a large majority: 308 votes to 124. Labour's decision to abstain on the legislation (its amendment was defeated by 308 to 108) made that inevitable.
More SNP than Labour MPs voted against the Bill which had its first reading in the Commons on Monday, a
Including teller Kelvin Hopkins, the total Labour rebellion stood at 48 of Labour's 232 MPs. The rest of the No votes in the main second reading division were 55 SNP, eight Liberal Democrat, six DUP, three SDLP, three Plaid Cymru and one each from Green and UUP.
The second teller was the SNP's Owen Thompson.
As far as I can make out 7 Welsh MPs voted against the welfare Bill all thre Plaid, The sole Liberal Democrat and Labours An Clwyd , Paul Flynn and Geraint Thomas After the result was announced, the SNP's Pete Wishart mockingly asked the Speaker whether the Commons could be rearranged to designate his party as the official opposition. Labour duplicity we enhanced when Andy Burnham the favorite to win Labour Leadership election published a Facebook post taking an even-stronger stance against the bill. In the key section, he wrote:
"Whilst we may have lost the vote tonight, that doesn’t mean the battle has to be over. Tonight I am firing the starting gun on Labour's opposition to this Bill. If I am elected leader in September, I am determined that Labour will fight this regressive Bill word by word, line by line. I am clear that if the Government do not make major changes to protect working families, children and the disabled, then, under my Leadership, Labour will oppose this Bill with everything we’ve got when it comes back before MPs later this year."
Mr Burnham you did not lose the vote last night you abstained
If there was ever a time to show leadership it was last night but you chickened out .
Can we really believe apart from Jeremy Corbyn if any of the three leadership candidates were in charge of the party last night the result would have been any different?
We are facing 5 years of a cruel and malicious government in which more Scottish and MPs will act as an opposition than Labour MPs
And Just 46 MPs from English constituencies including the Greens Caroline Lucus can claim to oppose the welfare cuts from the start .
Small wonder that the Guardian have reported there have been cases of people in England with no real connection to Scotland joining the SNP.