Jeremy Corbyn: Avoid Iraq errors and give MPs vote

Jeremy Corbyn Avoid Iraq errors and give MPs vote			
				 
   by Aidan Radnedge 
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Speaking on BBC One's Andrew Marr Show, the Labour leader repeated his assertion that the bombing raids launched by the United Kingdom early on Saturday morning, in cooperation with the USA and France, may have been illegal.

The Labour leader said: "I think parliament should have a say in this and I think the Prime Minister could have quite easily done that".

The foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, appearing on the programme immediately after Corbyn, stressed the limited nature of the raids, describing them as "timely, appropriate and commensurate".

The US, France and Britain fired 105 missiles into Syria on Saturday, targeting chemical weapons facilities, in response to a chemical attack on the town of Douma, which had been a rebel stronghold.

Last night Labour announced that they would provide free bus travel for all citizens aged under 25, should Jeremy Corbyn's party be elected to government at the next General Election - and, after unveiling the new policy at a sixth form in Derby, it's safe to say the students there were absolutely delighted by Labour's latest promise.

The Labour Party's Jeremy Corbyn says the allies' bombing is "legally questionable" and risks further escalating "an already devastating conflict".

"Parliament should have been recalled and consulted before we engaged in this military action in Syria".

Downing Street said the cabinet had "agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged" and "on the need to take action to alleviate humanitarian distress and to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime".

"I have urged the Prime Minister to do all she can to avoid civilian casualties given the complicated picture on the ground in Syria, and she has given me assurances in that regard".




Assad and Russian Federation deny using chemical weapons, the trigger for the strikes early on Saturday.

They also insist that the move would deprive Prime Ministers of the advantage of surprise in military interventions and that such legislation would open governments to a potential court challenge.

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said taking military action against the Assad regime had been the "wrong thing to do".

He said he could back action if May had a coherent plan and were working with global partners.

Mr Corbyn said: "President Trump has a way with words, that's for sure".

The military action passed off without United Kingdom casualties or any of the Russian forces on the ground being hit.

Conservative MP and former soldier Johnny Mercer said Mrs May had a "duty" to speak to advocate any action and "bring the country with her".

The Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad denies it used chemical weapons, although the British, US and French governments all say they have significant amounts of evidence indicating that it was indeed behind the attack.

"The government must present the objectives of any proposed action to Parliament".

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