Who is Dan Carden? The Labour MP has made recent headlines for quitting the shadow cabinet. Let’s get to know him and the situation a little.
Considering the year we’re having, more and more people are arguably taking time out of their schedules to make sure they’re attuned to the current political landscape.
Over the course of 2020, more eyes have been on Boris Johnson, in particular, than ever before as he updates the public regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Of course, he isn’t the only political figure people are focusing their lens on at the moment… far from it.
Attention has also turned to leader of the Labour Party, Keir Starmer.
In response to an article from The Independent that reports the UK Test and Trace System recording its worst-ever week, he tweeted: “The Government has lost control of the virus. We need a circuit break now – to fix testing, protect the NHS and save lives.”
As noted by the BBC, a circuit breaker would usher in tougher lockdown restrictions.
However, Starmer’s other actions have warranted a reaction from Dan Carden…
Who is Dan Carden?
Dan Carden is a 33-year-old British Labour Party politician and has served as the MP for Liverpool Walton since 2017.
When Liverpool Walton’s MP – Steve Rotheram – stood down in 2017, Carden was selected to be Labour’s candidate, being elected in June.
He was one of eight LGBT MPs elected in the 2017 General Election and is a member of the Socialist Campaign Group.
In December 2018 he was made Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, taking over duties from Kate Osamor. Subsequently, he became Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury in April 2020.
However, he has now resigned.
Labour MP quits the shadow cabinet
Carden relinquished the duties of his position and quit in protest of Keir Starmer’s recent actions.
As highlighted by The Independent, Carden’s decision is in response to Starmer’s failure to oppose the Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill which confirms spies can commit crimes.
Carden was certain he was going to vote against it “as a matter of conscience”, the previous source confirms.
As a result of the bill, agents and operatives will be given a revised number of legal rights on the job.
The fuss, on the other hand, may stem from such crimes as torture or murder not explicitly being cited as prohibited crimes.
As highlighted by The Independent, Carden’s resignation letter included the following:
“I share the deep concerns about this legislation from across the labour movement, human rights organisations, and so many who have suffered the abuse of state power, from blacklisted workers to the Hillsborough families and survivors.”
Follow him on Twitter at @DanCardenMP.
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