John McDonnell has hit back at Hilary Benn by comparing his Syria bombing speech to Tony Blair ‘s disastrous plea for the Iraq War.

The shadow chancellor – who has said Mr Blair should be tried for war crimes – warned ‘the greatest oratory can lead us to the greatest mistakes’ in the aftermath of last night’s vote.

MPs backed airstrikes by a huge 174-strong majority after 66 Labour MPs decided to back David Cameron ‘s stance in the free vote.

It’s thought several were persuaded by a passionate despatch-box-thumping performance by Hilary Benn which reduced MPs to tears.

But Mr McDonnell told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I thought Hilary’s oratory was great. It reminded me of Tony Blair ‘s speech taking us into the Iraq War and I’m always anxious that the greatest oratories can lead us to the greatest mistakes as well.”

Source: Syria bombing: John McDonnell compares Hilary Benn to Blair warning ‘great speeches cause great mistakes’ – Mirror Online

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