British opposition politicians remain divided over Syria vote

Published November 28th, 2015 - 05:00 GMT

Britain’s opposition Labour party remains divided over a proposed parliament vote on the UK military action in Syria.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, in a letter to his MPs,  has reiterated his opposition to the airstrikes in Syria, British media reported on Friday.

Corbyn and the shadow foreign secretary, Hilary Benn have expressed different views on Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan to target Daesh terror hideouts in Syria.

The letter was met with surprise among the most senior Labour MPs, who were still debating the issue for collective response next week.

“I think that we have all agreed on a process, and the process is that there was a shadow cabinet meeting yesterday, there would be a rebellion if a whip against airstrikes were imposed”, Emily Thornberry, shadow employment minister, told BBC Radio on Friday.

“When it comes to an issue of war, it is something that people think very profoundly about. We do usually act collectively, but I think on issues like this there are times when people cannot stick to a whip which is imposed,” she said.

Cameron while formally responding to a report by the commons foreign affairs select committee on Thursday cited Paris-like terror threats and it’s time for Britain to join airstrikes against the ISIL terrorist group in the Arab country.

Cameron, who lost a vote on Syria airstrikes in 2013, needs to persuade lawmakers of both ruling and opposition camps to win parliament's backing for military action.


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