Corbyn says David Cameron bypassed the Commons by sending the SAS instead of regular forces [Image: Mat Heywood for the Guardian].

Corbyn says David Cameron bypassed the Commons by sending the SAS instead of regular forces [Image: Mat Heywood for the Guardian].


Here’s another new policy proposal from Jeremy Corbyn.

Good idea?

The prime minister’s ability to send special forces on secret missions without a parliamentary vote should be constrained, Jeremy Corbyn has said, reiterating calls for a US-style war powers act.

The Labour leader said David Cameron had circumvented the need for a Commons vote to send regular British forces to war by deploying the SAS instead, and the loophole had been used to approve covert British military involvement or arms supply in Libya, Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia.

“I’m very concerned about this because David Cameron – I imagine Theresa May would say the same – would say parliamentary convention requires a parliamentary mandate to deploy troops,” Corbyn said in an interview with Middle East Eye. “Except, and they’ve all used the ‘except’, when special forces are involved.”

Source: Jeremy Corbyn calls for law to limit PM’s powers to deploy special forces | Politics | The Guardian

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