James Forsyth

Is there a Labour revolt brewing over any changes to universal jurisdiction?

Is there a Labour revolt brewing over any changes to universal jurisdiction?
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Following the issuing of an arrest warrant for Tzipi Livni, the government committed to looking at changes to the way that ‘universal jurisdiction’ is applied. David Miliband said that, "The Government is looking urgently at ways in which the UK system might be changed in order to avoid this sort of situation arising again."

 

It is expected that the government will say what changes it intends to introduce next week. But judging by a debate on the Goldstone Report in Westminster Hall yesterday, there will be trouble from some Labour backbenchers over this. Five Labour MPs spoke out explicitly against any change and several more did so implicitly.

 

There is, though, no chance of the government being defeated on this as the Tories are equally keen to see this issue fixed. But the level of dissent will be an interesting guide to the state of discipline on the Labour backbenches.