UK Syria

Why We Should Feel Sorry for Oldham West No Matter What The Result: From A Non-Partisan Voter

Lydia Suffield | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lydia Suffield

Oh, Oldham West. Poor, poor Oldham West. By the time you read this article, we might already know the results of Thursday's by-election. I'm already t...

Tony Benn's Granddaughter Absolutely Slays Alex Salmond Over 'Burling In His Grave' Remarks

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK

Tony Benn's granddaughter has asked Alex Salmond to retract "deeply offensive and simply untrue" claim that her grandfather would be spinning "in his ...

To Beat Radicalization, Cameron Must Rebuild Syria, Not Bomb it

Luke McManus | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Politics
Luke McManus

Cameron's new campaign contains no concrete plans for curtailing the above, no plans for injecting life into the economies of these communities once IS has been eradicated and no plans for bringing an end to a civil war which has displaced 9.5 million people. Thus, as seen in Ma'an, a cycle of fight or flight will continue in the absence of any genuine offering of enduring stability for the Syrian people.

You May Not Like How She Voted On Syria, But It's Hard Not To Admire Stella Creasy's Dignity

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK

Labour MP Stella Creasy has been sent pictures of dead babies and "vile comments" online after voting for airstrikes on Syria in the House of Commons ...

Day of Judgement

Grainne Gillis | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Politics
Grainne Gillis

By the time this blog is published it will be all decided: Britain will/won't be at war. It feels very strange writing that. Maybe it should feel remi...

Muddling Through - A Very British Response

Daniel Singleton | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Politics
Daniel Singleton

As the debates rage over how the UK should get involved with the terrible conflict in Syria, I find myself wanting to consider another way. I have to ...

Hilary Benn Is Facing Some 'Repulsive' Comments About His Late Dad...

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK

Hilary Benn's speech in Parliament on Wednesday backing airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria has divided opinion over whether his father, Tony Be...

Angry Mhairi Black Will 'Never Forget The Noise' Of MPs Applauding Bombing

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Politics

Mhairi Black, Britain's youngest MP, has described the decision to vote for bombing in Syria as a "very dark night" as she vowed to "never forget the ...

Just Hours After The Vote, RAF Tornados Carry Out Strikes On Oilfield In Syria

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Paul Vale and Steven Hopkins | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK

Royal Air Force Tornado jets have completed their first mission, having hit an Islamic State-controlled oilfield in the east of Syria, the Ministry of...

Collymore So Disgusted With The Syria Vote He's Joined The SNP

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Politics

Stanley Collymore has joined the Scottish National Party. The outspoken former England forward pledged his commitment to Nicola Sturgeon's legion afte...

List Of Labour MPs' Votes On Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Politics

Some 66 Labour MPs voted to back the Government in bombing ISIL terrorists in Syria, compared to 152 against. A further 11 Labour MPs were absent f...

Hilary Benn's Speech Defending Airstrikes Is Getting Phenomenal Praise

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti and Graeme Demianyk | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Politics

Hilary Benn has given one of the most celebrated speeches witnessed in Parliament in many years as the Shadow Foreign Secretary made the case for UK a...

Syria Vote: MPs Vote To Back Bombings By A Majority Of 174

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Politics

The Government has secured a huge support to authorise airstrikes in Syria targeted at ISIL extremists. Some 397 MPs voted for the Government moti...

If Tony Benn Were Here Today, He Might Use This Iraq Speech To Defend Not Bombing Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK

Footage of Labour's late Tony Benn delivering an impassioned attack on bombing campaigns in Iraq is being widely shared on social media, as MPs debate...

SNP's Mhairi Black Shows Solidarity With 'Don't Bomb Syria' Protest

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Politics

SNP MP Mhairi Black has spoken in solidarity with anti-war protestors outside Parliament, telling them there are politicians that “stand with them...

What Time Will MPs Vote On Syria - And Will David Cameron Win?

The Huffington Post UK | Huffington Post Staff | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK

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

Corbyn Warns Of Syria 'Consequences' For UK Security

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn has signalled that the UK will become more of a target for terrorist attacks if it joins military action in Syria. In a clear split w...

MPs Only 'Failed' Cameron's Case For Syria Strikes After Two Fell Sick

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Politics

An influential committee of MPs that “failed” David Cameron’s case for war in Syria did so after two members were ill and would have overturned ...

James O'Brien Epically Nails PM's 'Terrorist Sympathisers' Slur In Two Minutes

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK

LBC host and radio pundit James O'Brien has delivered a blistering attack on David Cameron's description of those voting against air strikes in Syria ...

We Must Support Our Neighbours and Be United Against This Terror

Tom Brake | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Politics
Tom Brake

We must be realistic with our predictions for the future and only hindsight will be able to say if I am making the right decision, but right now I can say that in my opinion the right decision is to support the Government's resolution to propose military intervention in Syria. I will vote in support of action tonight.

McCain Calls RAF A 'Token' Force That Will 'Drop A Few Bombs' In Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Politics

Former Republican presidential nominee John McCain said on Wednesday the extension of British military bombing into Syria would amount to "some token ...

We Have No Easy Choice on Syria - But There Is No Hope of Negotiating With Daesh

Mary Creagh | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Politics
Mary Creagh

Airstrikes must be part of a comprehensive diplomatic, humanitarian and political peace strategy for the Middle East, in particular the rebuilding of the Syrian state. But there is no hope of negotiating with Isil. Daesh is a fascist organisation that must be defeated. The longer we leave it the harder it will be. I will be voting in favour of air strikes this evening.

I Hope That Parliament Will Come Together to Play Its Part in Defeating Daesh and Keeping Our Country Safe

David Cameron | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Politics
David Cameron

This is not 2003. We must not use past mistakes as an excuse for indifference or inaction. And let's be clear, inaction does not amount to a strategy for our security or for the Syrian people. But inaction is a choice. I believe it's the wrong choice. We face a clear threat. We have listened to our allies. We have taken legal advice. We have a unanimous United Nations Resolution. We have discussed our proposed action extensively at meetings of the National Security Council and Cabinet... I hope that at the end of it all, the House will come together in large numbers for Britain to play its part in defeating these evil extremists and taking the action that is needed now to keep our country safe.

With Regret, I Feel I Have No Other Option But to Abstain on Syria

Jo Cox | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Politics
Jo Cox

It is with regret that I feel I have no other option but to abstain on this evening's vote... I have thought long and hard before deciding that I have no other choice. The reason is simple, I'm not against airstrikes in principle. In fact as part of an integrated strategy for Syria they are almost certainly a necessary part. But airstrikes are a tactic not a strategy and outside a strategy I fear they will fail.

Sinn Féin MP Says Syria Bombing Is 'Brits Back To What They Do Best, Murder'

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Politics

A Sinn Féin MP who has campaigned alongside Jeremy Corbyn has labelled the British government “murderers” ahead of MPs voting on whether to bomb ...