If Starmer hadn’t whipped Labour to abstain, new Covid tier plan would have been defeated

Keir Starmer: yet another own goal.

Fans of Keir Starmer must be so proud.

He wouldn’t actively oppose Boris Johnson’s revised plan to put England into tiered Covid-19 rules because he said the country needs to have some form of protection against the disease.

And he said he couldn’t support it because it includes measures that would harm the hospitality industry, and the £1,000 support package isn’t enough.

So he whipped Labour to abstain, and the revised tiers – with the pathetic support for pubs – are now law.

But here’s the catch:

With Labour MPs whipped by the leadership to abstain on the vote, 291 MPs in total voted in favour and 78 against the new rules.

Even taking into account the 15 Labour MPs who broke the party whip to oppose the plan, plus Jeremy Corbyn who is still awaiting the restoration of the whip, if Labour’s MPs had opposed Johnson’s plan, it would have been defeated.

Then Parliament would have been able to debate a better plan, that might actually do some good. God forbid, though, that Starmer would ever put his name to that!

Source: Johnson suffers large Tory rebellion as England returns to tiered Covid rules – LabourList

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4 thoughts on “If Starmer hadn’t whipped Labour to abstain, new Covid tier plan would have been defeated

  1. Stu

    I suspect that he was outflanked by the Bojob and accused of politicising the issue.
    Not only did he miss a golden opportunity, but the vaccine approval has thrown the Tory rebellion (plastered over most of the newspapers) into the shade.

    Note the Torygraph front page said vaccine approval within days !

    1. Martyn Meacham

      Why is Starmer and his self serving, corrupt, bought and paid for cronies still in the labour party. They have heaped shame and disgrace on the labour movement as a whole. They must either be forced to resign, or be sacked!

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