Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP Tom Blenkinsop has today (10th November 2014) claimed that David Cameron is ‘dodging’ a vote on the European arrest warrant over fears of a Conservative backbencher rebellion and rising threat of UKIP.
“A few weeks ago David Cameron promised a vote in Parliament on the European arrest warrant, but he is dodging one because he is scared of his own back benchers and of the threat of UKIP in the Rochester and Strood by-election, which is taking place next week.
“Labour backs the European Arrest Warrant and the other key parts of EU cooperation – like criminal record checks, and joint cross-border investigations – because they catch criminals and keep the UK safe. Opposing this vital cooperation, like many Tories do, is soft on crime.
“Time and again on Europe the Tories just do nothing but play games. They promise a vote, and then only pretend to have one. Why can’t they just be straight with people? The European Arrest Warrant is an essential took in tackling crime and we should vote for it. With all this smoke and mirrors it’s no wonder people don’t trust David Cameron. Labour believes instead in prioritising action that cuts crime and brings criminals to justice.”