By Mike Phipps
On February 22nd, Labour List reported that 22 Labour MPs broke the whip to vote against a ban on boycotts of Israel in public pension funds. However, that is not an entirely accurate picture. While this was the narrative that the government was seeking to convey, the Jenrick amendment had far wider implications.
It was an amendment to the Public Service Pensions and Judicial Offices Bill, proposed by ex-minister Robert Jenrick. It was co-sponsored by three Labour MPs, despite an instruction from the whips to abstain.
Jenrick’s public service pension schemes amendment was introduced at a late stage in the Bill and was effectively rushed through. It passed with 296 MPs in favour and 81 against. Labour shamefully abstained, keen not to be associated with the Boycott Divestment Sanctions campaign aimed at Israel. But Jenrick’s amendment goes far wider: It enables ministers to stop authorities…
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