Jeremy Corbyn is being openly disowned by his own MPs amid accusations that he has sided with President Assad and Vladimir Putin over military intervention in Syria.
On Sunday the Labour leader called for a “war powers act” which would seek to ensure that all planned use of force would have to be signed off by the Commons, to hold all future governments “for what they do in our name.”
He has described airstrikes on Syria as “legally questionable” and refused both to directly blame Assad for the chemical weapon attack in Douma and Russia for the suspected nerve-agent attack in Salisbury.
Watched Corbyn interview on #Marr again. Sorry to say my Party is led by a man who questions Russian responsibility for Salisbury, who rejects action to stop Assad use of chemical weapons, who opposes Humanitarian intervention and gives Russia a veto on UK action #NotInMyName
— Mike Gapes (@MikeGapes) April 16, 2018
Mr Corbyn’s supporters took to Twitter to voice their opposition to UK involvement of the bombing of targets in Syria, by using the hashtag #NotInMyName.
Labour MPs have now broken ranks to criticise the Mr Corbyn over his stance. Mike Gapes, a Labour MP, said on Twitter: “Sorry to say my Party is led by a man who questions Russian responsibility for Salisbury, who rejects action to stop Assad use of chemical weapons, who opposes Humanitarian intervention and gives Russia a veto on UK action #NotInMyName.”
Listened to the Today Programme. I wish my frontbench would spend even a fraction of the energy on Assad and Russia’s grotesque slaughter of civilians as they are on inventing new reasons to oppose targeted UK intervention to stop it.
— John Woodcock (@JWoodcockMP) April 16, 2018
John Woodcock, a Labour MP, said: “I wish my frontbench would spend even a fraction of the energy on Assad and Russia’s grotesque slaughter of civilians as they are on inventing new reasons to oppose targeted UK intervention to stop it.”
Later today Mr Corbyn is expected to ask for an emergency debate in order to ask the Prime Minister to consult Parliament before future military action, with the possibility of Labour MPs criticising the Labour leader in the House.
The Prime Minister will also ask for an emergency debate, but while her bid will not include a request for a vote, Mr Corbyn is likely to ask for a vote which could include a call for Prime Ministers to consult Parliament in future.
Although such votes are not binding, any defeat for the Prime Minister would be embarrassing and would make it politically more difficult for her to take military action in future. It is up to the Speaker to decide whether to allow either of the applications.
Mr Corbyn told the Andrew Marr show on BBC One on Sunday: “There is precedent over previous interventions where parliament has had a vote, and I think what we need in this country is something more robust, like a War Powers Act, so that governments do get held to account by parliament for what they do in our name.
“She could have recalled parliament last week – it is only the Prime Minister who can recall parliament – or she could have delayed until tomorrow when parliament returns.”
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