|Andy Slaughter Votes Against Article 50 for Second Time|
Hammersmith MP again defies three line whip issued by Jeremy Corbyn
Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter has again defied a three line whip issued by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The MP, who also serves on Labour's front bench as . Shadow Minister for London and Shadow Minister for Housing was one of 52 Labour MPs who voted last night against the Government's Brexit Bill, which was passed by 494 votes to 122 without any amendments. It will now pass on to the Lords.
Afterwards he tweeted @hammersmithandy: " Voted against Article 50 trigger after Govt rejected every amendment that asked for Parliament or the people to have final say on exit deal."
Following last week's vote on the bill, local Hammersmith and Shepherd's Bush residents flocked to Twitter to thank him for becoming one of 47 Labour MPs to vote against triggering Article 50.
Typical messages on his Twitter feed, @hammersmithandy were:
Suzana Tamamovic @tamamsu:
If only more politicians would grow a spine. There'd be hope... Way to go @hammersmithandy You make Hammersmith proud!
From writer Oliver Thring: @oliverthring: Delighted to see your principled stand today. Applause from this constituent.
From actor Ralf Little @RalfLittle: Proud to see my MP @hammersmithandy standing up for what he believes in.
However, there were some dissenting voices:
The MP gave his reasons for choosing to vote against the trigger in a letter sent to constituents enquiring about his intentions and on his website.
In the letter, he says: " I am a passionate pro-European, who worked hard for the Remain campaign last summer, and who still believes our prosperity, security, culture and values will be strengthened by close relations with the rest of Europe, including through membership of the EU.
"The Referendum result was close - we should not ignore the 48% who vote to Remain any more than the 52% who voted to Leave. Just as Governments - and MPs- represent everyone, not just those who voted them in, so we should not be trying to find a way forward that (almost) everyone can live with.
"But none of these is the reason I chose to vote against triggering Article 50.
"The Supreme Court was right to give the decision on starting the exit process to Parliament rather than let Theresa May - herself unelected as PM -use medieval prerogative powers to make herself the sole arbiter. But Parliament must have primary regard to the result of the Referendum, the purpose of which was to express the view of the British people on our membership of the EU.
"I raised this issue with Theresa May at PMQs last week and her answer made it clear that she was not interested in consulting either Parliament or the British people on the fnal Brexit deal.
"We are being asked to accept whatever deal Theresa May negotiates, with no alternative - except no deal at all. We cannot say, sorry that is a terrible deal, go back and try again. Or as a final step, if she is really incapable of safeguarding our future, putting the decision on whether to go through with Brexit back to the electorate.
"Forces on the right of politics, in the Conservative Party as well as UKIP and the far right, have long dreamed of rolling back the Welfare State, employment rights and even the NHS. They also have a barely disguised distaste for the inclusive, tolerant and diverse society that places like Hammersmith and Shepherd's Bush, indeed most of London, represent.
February 8, 2017