Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has emailed party members, calling on them to say whether they think Labour should support David Cameron’s proposal for air strikes in Syria. He has asked for responses to be returned before Monday.
And other Labour MPs have appealed for their own constituents to contact them on the subject, so they can provide as democratic a response as possible, if and when the proposals are taken to a vote in Parliament. Blairites have accused these MPs of abandoning their responsibility, although This Writer is not sure exactly how they work that out.
By contrast, failed Labour leadership candidate Yvette Cooper has written to David Cameron, seeking clarification of some of the points he made in favour of air strikes in a Parliamentary debate during the week. How do we feel about that?
David Cameron is failing to convince the majority of Britons we should start an aerial bombardment of Islamic State in Syria, according to an exclusive Daily Mirror poll
Less than half the country supports his plan to bomb IS strongholds as early as next Tuesday – with the rest opposed or undecided.
48% back British air raids on the extremists, contrasted with 30% who want the RAF to stay out of the fight, and 21% who don’t know.
But an overwhelming majority – 59% believe sending Tornado warplanes into action over Syria will increase the risk of terrorists inflicting carnage in the UK.
Britain currently only strikes IS targets in Iraq, but the Prime Minister wants to widen action so our warplanes can pound the militants in their Syrian heartlands.
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