Mike Crockart and I just called a vote to remove secret courts from the Justice and Security Bill, in line with Conference’s motion.
Despite highlighting in the debate that they supported closed proceedings in principle, Labour saw an opportunity to make mischief and eventually backed us. But due to DUP support for the Tories, we lost 10-9.
I’ll give a fuller update to everyone concerned soon. Suffice to say there will be more crucial votes to come on the Committee, and the Government has to move or the Bill will not pass as is.
* Julian Huppert is Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge.