UK Syria

How the Vote on Syrian Air Strikes Has Exposed Corbyn's Dilemma

Matty Edwards | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Matty Edwards

After whipping up excitement about a 'new kind of politics' during the Labour leadership election campaign this summer, Jeremy Corbyn set out a different way of running parliamentary opposition, but the looming vote on Syrian air strikes has exposed the difficulty of putting this into practice effectively.

Cameron Calling Corbyn A 'Terrorist Sympathiser' Was Not A Good Idea

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK

Hundreds of people are rebuking the Prime Minister for calling Jeremy Corbyn a "terrorist sympathiser" over his refusal to back airstrikes in Syria. ...

11 Pictures From Tuesday's Emergency 'Stop The War Coalition' Protest

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK

More than a thousand protesters flocked to Central London on Tuesday evening, braving the iced November air to urge MPs to vote against extending Brit...

Stop The War Protest: 'This is a war that doesn't even have the support of the Daily Mail.'

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Politics

Stop the War convener Lindsey German tonight told hundreds of protestors she is “ashamed” that Tony Benn’s son, Hilary, is “leading the drive ...

Labour MP Questions Centrepiece Of Government Case For Syria Bombing

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk and Paul Waugh | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Politics

A Labour MP wants the Government to come clean over David Cameron's contention Syria boasts 70,000 “moderate” ground troops - a centrepiece of his...

Hilary Benn Fails to Make the Case for Bombing Syria

Martin Whitlock | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Politics
Martin Whitlock

Attitudes change as societies open up, and as economic, social and educational prosperity spread, but this happens differently in different places. It is legitimate to be appalled by barbaric practices from which ones own society has moved on, but it does not follow that one can bomb others into change.

On Principles, Changed Minds, and Hilary Benn

Amy Kenyon | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Politics
Amy Kenyon

We might tell Hilary Benn that a change of mind - even at this late hour - could change votes and prevent the terrible violence that we are about to unleash. Let's ask him, on behalf of all who are gravely at risk from our bombs - in Syria and here at home - to speak passionately alongside Jeremy Corbyn tomorrow. He might wish to tell us how a principled man came to change his mind.

Caroline Lucas Says We Should Sanction Saudi Arabia Instead Of Bombing Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK

Caroline Lucas has lashed out at supporters of military action in Syria during a debate with Labour MP Mary Creagh on Tuesday's episode of BBC Daily P...

The Only Moderates Fighting In Syria Are the Soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army

John Wight | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
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John Wight

Proof that the British political class hasn't learned anything after Iraq came with David Cameron's ludicrous assertion that there are 70,000 moderate rebels fighting in Syria. It was an outright fabrication to rank with Blair's sexed up dossier on Saddam's WMD, which the then prime minister asserted could be launched against Britain within 45 minutes.

RAF Can Kill Toughest ISIL Targets In Syria, Says Defence Secretary Making Case For War

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Politics

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has set out the case for airstrikes in Syria, arguing it is an extension of MPs approving bombing in Iraq a year ago ...

Defiant Jeremy Corbyn Tells Pro-Syria Bombing MPs There Is 'No Hiding Place' Ahead Of Crunch Vote

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn today warned there would be “no hiding place” for “die hard” Labour MPs backing extending airstrikes against Isil into Syria. ...

Read The House Of Commons Motion On Syria Bombing

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh and Graeme Demianyk | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron has started the countdown to UK military action in Syria with a Commons motion designed to appeal directly to Labour MPs. The Prime M...

Air Strikes Will Not Work - We Need a Long Term Solution to Extremism

Jack Davies | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Davies

Within the next week Members of Parliament will be voting on whether to launch air strikes against ISIS in Syria. With many Labour and Conservative MPs in support of extending air strikes into Syria, it is likely that the first bombing raids will take place towards the end of next week. But it has not been determined what the government wishes to achieve by bombing Syria.

Bombing Syria Is The Wrong Choice for Labour MPs

George Dokimakis | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Politics
George Dokimakis

Imagine an abusive household. The parents constantly fight. They fight in front of their children. The hurl emotional abuse against each other and t...

How I Will Vote on Bombing ISIL in Syria

Tulip Siddiq | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Politics
Tulip Siddiq

I want to make clear that whatever the outcome of the discussions, I will be voting against Syrian intervention. For some, air strikes in Syria can be justified solely on the basis that we are already launching air strikes against the same foe in Iraq. This vote, in their minds, is a mere extension of the war against ISIL to another country.

Hilary Benn Denies Wanting To Take Over As Labour Leader

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Politics

Hilary Benn has denied he has his sights set on taking over from Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader, amid a deep and damaging split in the party over whet...

The Waugh Zone December 1, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday December 1, 2015… 1) START THE WAR COALITION Of course, it’s not ‘war’ in the usual sense,...

Corbyn Accused By FrontBencher Of 'Double Dealing'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh and Graeme Demianyk | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn’s authority was challenged by both his Shadow Cabinet and his MPs last night as he faced sustained criticism over his handling of the ...

PM Announces Commons Syria Vote

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics

Britain appeared to be heading for war in Syria tonight after David Cameron announced he will go ahead with a Commons vote on military action. In a...

Tom Watson Writes To PM On Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics

Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson has written to David Cameron to say he believes there is a 'compelling case' for British airstrikes in Syria - but war...

Jeremy Corbyn Has 'Turned' Public Opinion On Syria Bombing, Claims Aide

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn has "shifted" public opinion away from the "case for war", an aide has claimed as it emerged the Labour leader will speak against bombin...

Watch Labour MP Compare David Cameron To 'Hitler In His Bunker' During Bizarre Syria Rant

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron is acting like Adolf Hitler asking his generals to “rescue him from his bunker” over the Isis threat, according to a veteran Labour ...

No Easy Answers on Syria

Kevin Brennan | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Politics
Kevin Brennan

In a lengthy and in depth discussion at the Cardiff West Labour Party monthly meeting last Friday we agreed that there were no easy moral certainties over the debate on Syria. Those on either side of the argument who see the question of what is the right thing for the UK to do in black and white, ignore the fact that this is not a question of war and peace.

The West Is About to Make Another Strategic Blunder in the Middle East

Nicholas Rogers | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Politics
Nicholas Rogers

When someone attacks you or yours, you strike back and you strike back hard. That is not just the natural, instinctive response - it is the right and moral course of action. Failure to do so betrays a fundamental lack of self-esteem; if your own life and the lives of those you love are not worth defending, what is?

War Is a Matter of Conscience, Not Party Politics

Connor Dwyer | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Politics
Connor Dwyer

When military action against Daesh is brought up, the reminders of Iraq are almost inevitable. The many mistakes and the arguably illegal steps leading to the disastrous decade-long war have led to innumerable doubts in the minds of voters and of MPs as to whether to be in favour of, or against action in Syria. Ultimately, no one is rightly keen for history to repeat itself.