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18 Labour MPs vote against bill designed to stop British soldiers being prosecuted

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Labour has sacked three junior shadow ministers who joined with Jeremy Corbyn and 14 other Socialist Campaign group MPs in breaking the party’s who voted against the second reading of an armed forces bill that is intended to protect British Soldiers.

Nadia Whittome, Beth Winter and Olivia Blake all broke the whip, which called on Labour MPs to abstain on the overseas operations bill.

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The rebel group led by former party leader Jeremy Corbyn as well as John McDonnell, Diane Abbott and Rebecca Long-Bailey.

The proposed presumption against prosecution applies to offences such as war crimes and torture and critics say it breaches international humanitarian law, although the government says it is designed to end vexatious litigation against the armed forces.

“I thought the bill was a matter of conscience.”

She said the bill was “anti-veteran, anti-human rights, and would effectively decriminalise torture – and that’s why I voted against it”.

Jeremy Corbyn said: “I have grave concerns that, as it stands, the overseas operation bill the House of Commons is discussing today defies and undermines international law.”

 

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