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Corbyn SAVAGED: Labour leader accused of weakness and hypocrisy BY OWN MPs over Syria

April 17, 2018 8:15 AM
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Corbyn SAVAGED: Labour leader accused of weakness and hypocrisy BY OWN MPs over Syria

LABOUR PARTY leader Jeremy Corbyn faced savage criticism in the House of Commons on Monday for the way he has handled the Syria crisis.

Theresa May defended her decision for the UK to join a military coalition with the US and France with airstrikes on Syria on Friday evening.

The British strikes were in response the alleged chemical weapons attack from President Bashar al-Assad.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn claimed the action on Syria was “legally questionable” after calling for new “war powers” over the weekend that could strip Mrs May and any future Prime Minister from taking military action without a vote in Parliament.

Speaking in the Commons, Labour MP Mike Gapes pointed out to Mr Corbyn that Labour had led strikes on countries in the past.

He said: “Mr Speaker, the Prime Minister referred to the actions of previous Governments.

“Can I remind her and also the right honourable member for Islington North. That it was a Labour Government with Robin Cook as Foreign Secretary that carried out airstrikes in Iraq under operation Desert Fox in 1998, without a UN resolution.

“It was a Labour Government that restored President Kabbah in Sierra Leone, without a UN resolution.

“Then it was a Labour Government that stopped the ethnic cleansing in Kosovo without a UN resolution.

“And there is a long-standing and noble tradition on these benches supporting humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect”.

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