According to Hansard, there were 4 amendments to the ‘Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill’. All 4 were rejected…
1) An amendment was proposed requiring a warrant to be issued by a judge before criminal conduct authorisations can be granted and outlined the circumstances under which a warrant might be authorised and proposed limits on the length of time the warrant would be valid.
MPs voted: 317 against vs 256 for the amendment (573 total votes, voted down by a majority of 61)
2) An amendment to ensure that officers would not be allowed to cause death or bodily harm to an individual, either intentionally or by criminal negligence, would not be permitted to obstruct, pervert or defeat the course of justice, would not be allowed to violate the sexual integrity of an individual, would not be allowed to torture people or subject them to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, within the meaning of the Convention Against Torture and would not be allowed to detain an individual or endanger their safety by causing loss or damage to property.
MPs voted: 316 against vs 256 for the amendment (572 total votes, voted down by a majority of 60)
3) An amendment to restrict the authorities that can grant criminal conduct authorisations to police forces, the National Crime Agency, the Serious Fraud Office and the intelligence services.
MPs voted: 311 against vs 65 for the amendment (376 total votes, voted down by a majority of 246)
4) An amendment to add a new clause (Clause 4) to the bill that would protect trade unions. The new clause would stated that a criminal conduct authorisation could not be granted to a ‘covert human intelligence source’ investigating a trade union or a member or officer of a trade union in respect of matters relating to collective bargaining within the meaning of section 178 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, a trade dispute within the meaning of section 244 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, or within the lawful objects of the trade union. Clause 4 would effectively stop a criminal conduct authorisation being applied to a trade union and limit where such authorisations can apply.
MPs voted: 314 against vs 255 for the amendment (569 total votes, voted down by a majority of 59)
MPs then voted on the third reading of the spycops bill, without amendments…
MPs voted: 98 against vs 313 for the amendment (411 total votes, the bill passed by a majority of 215)
Out of a possible 573 MPs who attended this vote, 162 abstained on the final reading of he bill.
LABOUR: No Labour MP voted for the bill, 34 voted against it and 169 either abstained or didn’t attend.
CONSERVATIVE: 310 Conservative MPs voted for the bill, 1 (Afriyie, Adam) voted against it and 54 either abstained or didn’t attend.
SNP: No SNP MP voted for the bill, 46 voted against it and 2 either abstained or didn’t attend.
LIBDEMS: No LibDem MP voted for the bill, 8 voted against it and 3 either abstained or didn’t attend.
List of Labour MPs who voted against the Spycops bill…
Abbott, rh Ms Diane
Corbyn, rh Jeremy
Foy, Mary Kelly
Long Bailey, Rebecca
McDonnell, rh John