Syria air strikes: Government ministers call Labour MPs for support

Why is it all right for Tories to contact Labour MPs for support over air strikes, but not for Jeremy Corbyn to contact Labour Party MPs?

I’ll answer that: It isn’t.

Come to that, most of the general public don’t want the UK to bomb Syria. Argue against it if you like but ITN and the Daily Mirror have run polls that conclusively demonstrate this.

So, why do the Labour backbenchers, whose support the Tories are hoping to gain, think Jeremy Corbyn is betraying the public by not wanting to bomb Syria?

Finally, another one for Labour backbenchers who are considering backstabbing Corbyn: Who do you think you are helping? The Syrian families whose lives your decision will destroy? The Labour Party, which you are driving to another electoral defeat by your actions?

Or the Conservatives, who are laughing at you even as they enlist your complicity?

Government ministers are phoning opposition MPs in a bid to build support for Syrian air strikes, as anti-war activists hold demonstrations.

Stop the War protesters staged a sit-in outside Downing Street.

The foreign and defence secretaries are among those contacting MPs as David Cameron considers calling a Commons vote on extending strikes next week.

Jeremy Corbyn has written to Labour MPs saying he opposes action, but some in his shadow cabinet support strikes.

Source: Syria air strikes: Government ministers call Labour MPs for support – BBC News

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7 thoughts on “Syria air strikes: Government ministers call Labour MPs for support

  1. daijohn

    Cameron’s problem is that some of his backbenchers are likely to vote against him on Syria. Therefore he is in, more or less, the same situation as Corbyn but why is all the media attention on the Labour MPs? Cameron is the leader of his party but cannot command its support – what’s the difference?

  2. roybeiley

    Tories are panicking and using their infamous bullying tactics yet again. Cameron hates to be seen as the loser that he is in front of the other coalition partners. He desperately wants to be able to send the RAF to bomb Syria.

    What I don’t understand is this. Does the RAF have planes just sitting around doing nothing that can be sent to bomb Syria? Or are those planes already involved in bombing Iraq?

    If so, where’s the EXTRA capacity coming from?

  3. A-Brightfuture

    Syrian air strikes!!
    How many people on FB changed their profile pic with the overlay French Flag, in support for France, who then bombed Syria.
    I wonder how many Facebookers who done this are screaming “Don’t bomb Syria”.

    Oh!! its alright if YOU do it.

    The world has gone mad.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      In fairness, the FB overlay was intended to show solidarity with the French people after the Friday 13th attacks – not prior support for French military action.

  4. Jo

    That’s why Cameron has called for this debate…he knew the right of Labour would kick up like little girls and they could exploit the divisions.

    What is wrong with these people???
    Why do they continually give the Tories exactly what they want?

    It’s not because of Corbyn ‘cos they were like it when Miliband was leader, heck they were the same under Blair and Brown, I despair of them I really do!

    1. roybeiley

      I agree that Cameron is trying to exploit the disunity in the Labour Party to try and get a majority to allow “us” to bomb Syria in order to make us safer!

      Like you I can not understand the antics of some of the Labour MP’s in this issue. Don’t they see the thousands of people actively protesting AGAINST bombing Syria? Have they not understood that people are tired of constant warmongering? Do they really live in a “bubble” at Westminster and are up living in a parallel universe?

      I hope that Cameron fails. I hope some of his own party vote against it. Fallon looked unsure today I hope the idea goes belly up!

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