Labour leadership candidates’ voting record: how they voted on Brexit, the NHS and war


As the three month leadership race commences, i takes a look at the MPs’ voting records to see where the candidates differ on crucial issues

Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 4:52 pm

The final six candidates have confirmed they are entering the Labour leadership race to replace Jeremy Corbyn.

Clive Lewis, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy, Jess Phillips, Sir Keir Starmer and Emily Thornberry have all launched their campaigns and put forward their pitches – but only one will be crowned the winner on 4 April.

As the three month leadership race commences, i has taken a look at some of their voting records to see where they differ on crucial issues.

Sign up to our Politics newsletter

The i politics newsletter cut through the noise

Here, in brief, is how the six MPs have voted on Brexit, the NHS and military intervention:

The final six candidates for the Labour leadership race

Brexit 

He voted in favour of the initial 2016 referendum on whether the UK should leave the EU but since 2017 has consistently voted against the UK leaving the bloc – with or without a deal – rejecting both Theresa May and Boris Johnson’s Brexit strategies.

He also resigned from the shadow cabinet in order to vote against the triggering of Article 50 which notified the EU of the UK’s decision to withdraw.

He has voted in favour of integration with the EU such as retaining a close legal and economic relationship. Mr Lewis was also a keen supporter of a second Brexit referendum. The MP also supported protecting the rights of EU nationals.

NHS 

He voted against the Tory proposals for the NHS in the recent Queen’s Speech, which included plans to continue to allow GPs to commission services on behalf of patients and not to reverse a decision to seek to cut admin costs.

War 

He has consistently voted against military intervention abroad, including in Syria and against so-called Islamic State ISIL. He has not voted on whether there should have been investigations into the Iraq war.

Clive Lewis, addresses delegates at the 2016 Labour conference (Photo: Getty Images)

MP for Salford and Eccles

Brexit 

She has consistently voted against Brexit, including leaving with recent proposed Withdrawal Agreements or without a deal, but voted in line with her party to allow then-prime minister Mrs May to trigger Article 50.

She has voted in favour of integration with the EU such as retaining a close legal and economic relationship and protecting the rights of EU nationals.

Ms Long-Bailey was not a public supporter of a second Brexit referendum.

NHS 

She voted against the Tory proposals for the NHS in the recent Queen’s Speech, which included plans to continue to allow GPs to commission services on behalf of patients and not to reverse a decision to seek to cut admin costs.

War 

In 2015 she voted against UK military action in Syria and airstrikes against so-called Islamic State. She has not voted on whether there should have been investigations into the Iraq war.

Lisa Nandy backed the Government’s Brexit deal. (Photo: BBC)

Brexit 

Ms Nandy voted in favour of triggering Article 50 to begin the Brexit process but, despite supporting a soft withdrawal deal, voted against many of the deals on offer.

Ms Nandy did eventually back Boris Johnson’s Brexit Bill at second reading but later voted against the Government’s fast-track motion for the Brexit legislation – meaning the Bill did not progress.

She also voted against leaving without a deal.

She has voted in favour of a closer relationship with the EU post-Brexit and backed a permanent and comprehensive United Kingdom-wide customs union the bloc. The MP also supported protecting the rights of EU nationals.

NHS 

Ms Nandy has consistently voted in favour of restricting the provision of NHS services to private patients, including reducing the amount of income a NHS foundation trust is permitted to make from private patients.

She has voted against Tory NHS reforms and reorganisation and has been in favour of cross-party talks on reforming healthcare.

War 

In 2011 Ms Nandy voted in favour of establishing a no-fly zone in Libya which was in line with a NATO-led coalition in response to events during the Libyan Civil War.

In 2014 she voted for UK air strikes in Iraq to support Iraqi forces’ efforts against so-called Islamic State (also voting for conditions to be fulfilled including a UN Security Council vote) but, the following year, she voted against military action in Syria.

She has not voted on investigations into the Iraq war.

She voted against replacing the four Trident nuclear missile submarines.

Labour MP Jess Phillips appearing on the Andrew Marr Show (Photo: PA)

MP for Birmingham Yardley

Brexit 

Other than voting to trigger Article 50, Ms Phillips has consistently voted against the UK leaving the EU and backed closer integration with the bloc, including protecting the rights of EU nationals.

NHS 

She voted against Tory proposals for the NHS in the recent Queen’s Speech, which included plans to continue to allow GPs to commission services on behalf of patients and not to reverse a decision to seek to cut admin costs.

War 

Ms Phillips voted in favour of replacing the Trident nuclear missile submarines to maintain the UK’s nuclear deterrent.

She voted against UK airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria.

She also voted against an investigation into the contrast between public statements and private actions in the run up to the Iraq war.

Sir Keir Starmer  (Photo: Getty)

MP for Holborn and St Pancras

Brexit 

As shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir has been instrumental in holding the Conservative government to account with its Brexit plans, including forcing it to publish confidential legal documents relating to the EU strategy and no deal. As expected, he has also toed the party line on this issue.

Sir Keir has consistently voted against the Brexit deals on offer and against ministers withdrawing the UK from the European Economic Area, the European single market.

He has generally voted for closer integration with the EU – such as environmental protections, policing, justice, medicines and EU law. He has also voted to protect the rights of EU nationals in the UK and UK nationals abroad.

NHS 

He voted against Tory proposals for the NHS in the recent Queen’s Speech, which included plans to continue to allow GPs to commission services on behalf of patients not to reverse a decision to seek to cut admin costs.

War 

Sir Keir voted to decline to authorise UK military action in Syria, including airstrikes against Islamic State.

In 2016 he voted against holding an investigation into the contrast between public statements and private actions in the run up to the Iraq war under the former Labour government.

He also backed measures to replace the four Trident nuclear missile submarines.

Emily Thornberry (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

MP for Islington South and Finsbury

Brexit 

She voted for Article 50 to be triggered but has been opposed to all forms of Brexit deal, including a no deal, that have been put to a Commons vote.

She has also supported further integration with the EU and the protection of EU nationals’ rights.

Ms Thornberry was a public supporter of a second Brexit referendum and argued that Labour should campaign to Remain.

NHS 

Similarly to Ms Nandy, Ms Thornberry has voted in favour of restricting the provision of NHS services to private patients, including reducing the amount of income a NHS foundation trust is permitted to make from private patients.

She also voted against Tory NHS reforms and reorganisation and has been in favour of cross-party talks on reforming healthcare.

War 

In 2011 Ms Thornberry also voted in favour of the establishment of a no-fly zone in Libya and, like Ms Nandy, backed it only in the event of a UN vote in favour of the action.

She also voted for UK air strikes in Iraq to support Iraqi forces’ efforts against Islamic State in 2014.

Ms Thornberry did not support UK military action in Syria, however, or airstrikes against Islamic State.

She voted against replacing Trident. She was absent for several votes on whether there should be an investigation into the Iraq war and, whilst voting in favour of an inquiry into the war in general, she rejected proposals for it to be carried out by an independent committee of Privy Counsellors, and for it to be held when proposed in 2009.

All voting records have been taken from theyworkforyou.com.



Source link

About the Author: admin

You might like

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *