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Investigatory Powers Bill - update

17 March 2016

The Investigatory Powers (IPB) Bill was voted through in the House of Commons on Tuesday 15 March. At the second reading the bill was debated for five hours and then passed by 281 votes to 15 against. Lots of MPs abstained. 

Thanks to all the NUJ members who took part in the campaign so far and contacted their local MP - it made a difference on the day.

Press Gazette has reported the debate in which Andy Burnham, shadow home secretary, said:

"There is also the question of journalists and the NUJ believes the bill weakens existing provisions. Clause 68, the only reference to journalists in the entirety of the bill, sets out a judicial process for the revelation of a source. The concern is journalists are wide open to other powers in the bill."

'Snooper's charter' debate: Bill passes second reading but Labour says 'further work' needed to to protect journalists' sources - Press Gazette

The next steps will be to raise the NUJ's concerns with the MPs on the commons bill committee and with members of the Lords.

The parliamentary bill committee includes the following MPs:

  • Victoria Atkins    
  • Robert Buckland    
  • Joanna Cherry    
  • Byron Davies    
  • Suella Fernandes    
  • Lucy Frazer    
  • John Hayes    
  • Sue Hayman    
  • Simon Hoare    
  • Stephen Kinnock    
  • Simon Kirby    
  • Peter Kyle    
  • Chris Matheson    
  • Anne Mclaughlin    
  • Keir Starmer    
  • Andrew Stephenson    
  • Jo Stevens    
  • Matt Warman   

The union will continue to campaign to amend the bill so it includes improved safeguards for journalists and trade unionists.

More information:

Information about the parliamentary process is available online

NUJ briefing for the second reading in parliament.

Alex Bailin QC sets out the case for why the Investigatory Powers Bill contains inadequate journalistic safeguards

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