24 September 2020 14:45
Nottingham East MP Nadia Whittome is one of three junior shadow ministers who have been sacked for siding with Jeremy Corbyn to vote against the second reading of a controversial armed forces bill, according to a report in The Guardian. Ms Whittome, who represents Mapperley voters, joined with Jeremy Corbyn and 14 other Socialist Campaign group MPs in breaking the party's whip by voting against the second reading of a controversial armed forces bill. Beth Winter and Olivia Blake joined Ms Whittome in defying the whip, which called on Labour MPs to abstain on the overseas operations bill. She said the bill was "anti-veteran, anti-human rights, and would effectively decriminalise torture – and that's why I voted against it". Get our daily email briefing straight to your inbox Sign up Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email One of the three Labour MPs forced from junior roles after defying the whip to oppose a controversial Bill, has spoken out about her decision to defy party chiefs.
Nottingham East MP Nadia Whittome rejected the claim by the Labour whips that by voting against the bill they considered that she and two colleagues, Olivia Blake and Ruth Winter, had resigned. All three voted against the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill, which Tory ministers insist is aimed at protecting armed forces personnel from "vexatious prosecutions", but critics say endangers Britain's commitment to international law. A Labour source told the Mirror "Anyone who wanted to vote against the whip was told they would have to resign." But shown the Mirror's story live on ITV last night, Ms Whittome said insisted she had not resigned and believed the issue to be a matter of conscience. This morning in a statement posted on her Twitter, Ms Whittome confirmed that she had been "stood down" from her role in the Shadow Health Team. But she stressed that she did not regret her decision as she believed the bill "effectively decriminalises torture and makes it harder for veterans to take legal action against the government".
Labour frontbencher Nadia Whittome appeared to get sacked from her position live on air last night in an astonishing move that sparked claims of chaos inside the Labour Party. The awkward moment saw Ms Whittome deny Labour Party claims that she had resigned, after she broke with party whips on the Overseas Operations Bill. The Nottingham MP had earlier joined Jeremy Corbyn and several other Labour politicians to rebel against Sir Keir's order to abstain. The tweet read: "Labour whips are understood to consider three of the party's PPS' to have resigned tonight as a result of voting against the Overseas Operations Bill. "Beth Winter, Nadia Whittome and Olivia Blake voted against after being told to abstain.
"I opposed the bill because it effectively decriminalises torture and makes it harder for veterans to take legal action against the Government or for war crimes to be investigated. "The decision to break the Labour whip is a difficult one and I understand many of my colleagues came to a different conclusion and decided to abstain on this bill in the sincere hope that the bill can be amended at later stages. "It is important that MPs are able to vote in line with their conscience in consideration of all the facts and in good faith - all of which I am confident I have done. "The bill flatly contradicts the UN Committee Against Torture - a treaty which the UK has ratified - which states that all victims of torture or ill-treatment, regardless of when the violation occurred, must be able to access their rights to remedy and to obtain redress. "It strikes me that if a piece of legislation has had concerns raised by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the British LEgion, Amnesty International and other organisations on the front line of supporting veterans and defending human rights, we need to stop and ask ourselves why." A spokeswoman for the Labour party confirmed this morning that the MP was resigned from the role. Nadia Whittome reveals she has been sacked on ITV's Peston show. Nadia Whittome reveals she has been sacked on live politics show Labour MP voted against government bill designed to stop "vexatious prosecutions" of service personnel, saying it's "anti-human rights" Office of leader Sir Keir Starmer had told Labour MPs to abstain on vote This is the moment a Labour MP reveals on live TV that she has been sacked by Sir Keir Starmer. Nottingham East MP Nadia Whittome has lost her role as a parliamentary private secretary after going against Labour policy to oppose the controversial Overseas Operations Bill, which the government said will protect service personnel from "vexatious prosecutions". Whittome, appearing on ITV's Peston show, was shown a tweet saying she had been considered "to have resigned" by the leadership's office after defying the whip's orders to abstain on the vote. After being shown the post, Whittome revealed she had been sacked as she said: "I haven't resigned…" Watch the video below... She was part of a group of Labour rebels from the Socialist Campaign group of MPs – which includes former leader Jeremy Corbyn – who voted against the bill. Explaining why she voted against it, Whittome, who at 24 is the youngest MP, said "the bill was a matter of conscience". Watch: What are negative interest rates? It would, effectively, decriminalise torture, and that's why I voted against it. The government says the proposed legislation will ensure service personnel will be protected from "vexatious claims and endless investigations".