Labour urges government to proscribe IRGC as a terrorist organisation in the UK, after MI5 warning of 10 kidnap and death plots on British soil.

Labour has stated its support for the proscription of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organisation, either through the existing proscription process or through an amendment to the National Security Bill that would create a parallel power to proscribe state bodies like the IRGC on the basis of their activity.

It follows the growing threat that the IRGC poses on UK soil, as well as in response to the crackdown on protestors, the unjust imprisonment of British nationals in Iran, the execution of Alireza Akbari, long-standing concerns about Iran’s threats to Israel, and its support for violent groups across the region.

In his most recent threat update, MI5 Director Ken McCallum referred to 10 kidnap and death plots by the Iranian regime on British soil. Yesterday, British-Iranian Alireza Akbari was barbarically executed.

Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, David Lammy MP, and Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper MP, said:

“The Iranian Regime’s actions against courageous protestors seeking a better future, as well as British nationals imprisoned in Iran and its threats to UK security mean robust action is needed now.

“The IRGC is behaving like a terrorist organisation and must now be proscribed as such. Labour supports proscribing the IRGC either through the existing process, or through amending the national security bill to create a new process of proscription for hostile state actors.

“Labour will always take the actions necessary to keep the British public safe.”