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This is a quick update as I am working on somebody else’s computer.
Vox Political has received the following comment, regarding the Jobseekers (back to work schemes) Bill, due to go before Parliament as I type this, in fact:
“Just had a reply from my MP Sheila Gilmore, Labour.
“’The Guardian article was wrong. The Labour front bench is not voting for the Bill. Currently they are looking to secure some amendments. Lots of discussion in the Parliamentary Labour Party ongoing.’”
This seems extremely good news. If it’s true, of course, we’ll never know whether it was due to the pressure of public feeling or if they were always going to oppose it.
This is the right choice, for those affected, for Labour, and for the UK.