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Corbyn’s legacy GONE: ‘Last remaining’ Corbynite on Labour front-bench resigns


THE last remaining hardcore Jeremy Corbyn ally on the Labour Party’s frontbench has resigned in opposition to Keir Starmer’s stance on the so-called “spy cops” law.

PUBLISHED: 00:00, Fri, Oct 16, 2020 |

Dan Carden wrote to Sir Keir to offer his resignation as Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury as part of a rebellion over the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) Bill. The Labour MP for Liverpool Walton said that as a “matter of conscience”, he was voting against the Bill in the House of commons on Thursday evening, saying the proposed legislation sets “dangerous new precedents” on the rule of law and civil liberties. The Bill would grant undercover agents wide-ranging legal rights to commit crimes in the course of their work.

Commenting on the latest resignation, Daily Mirror Political Editor Pippa Crerar tweeted: “I could be wrong, but I believe that Dan Carden was the last remaining Corbynite on the Labour front-bench.”


Mr Carden’s resignation letter came hours before Sir Keir suffered a humiliating blow after 34 Labour MPs – including Jeremy Corbyn – defied the party whip over the so-called “spy cops” law.

The Liverpool Walton MP had already said earlier today he intended to vote against the Bill, thereby breaking the party whip to abstain.


He said in his letter to Sir Keir: “In these circumstances, I am offering my resignation from your front bench.

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Dan Carden resigned as Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Image: Getty / @DanCardenMP)

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Keir Starmer has been hit by a series of resignations (Image: GETTY)

“On this occasion I am resolute that as a matter of conscience I must use my voice and my vote on behalf of my constituents to object to legislation that sets dangerous new precedents on the rule of law and civil liberties in this country.

“At the second reading, I followed the party whip to abstain in the hope that I could work constructively to shift the party’s position towards opposing the bill at third reading.

“It is now clear that this has not been possible.

“We have spoken at length on these matters and I know you have settled on yours and the party’s position from your own experience and with sincerity.

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Dan Carden’s resignation letter to Labour leader Keir Starmer (Image: @DanCardenMP / Twitter)

“You will understand that as a Liverpool MP and trade unionist, I share the deep concerns about this legislation from across the labour movement, human rights organisations, and so many who have suffered the abuse of state power, from blacklisted workers to the Hillsborough families and survivors.”

But despite resigning from the Labour front bench, he insisted Sir Keir still maintains his full backing.

Mr Carden continued in his letter: “My focus now and in the months ahead will remain on representing by Liverpool Walton constituency and fighting for the people of my city as we face the huge challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.”

Several high-profile Labour MPs backed their colleague’s decision to resign from the front bench in opposition to the Bill.


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