The Labour leadership candidates have been branded 'cowards' in The Sun newspaper after refusing to explicitly support airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State group in Syria.
The paper claimed that the four Labour MPs "all refused to immediately agree to support David Cameron in any Commons vote on attacks against IS to ease the migrant crisis".
Exclusive Cowards - Leadership rivals won't back raid on IS to end migrant crisisSeptember 6, 2015
A spokesperson for Jeremy Corbyn, the leadership race's front runner, told The Sun: "He’s on record on saying it will not help."
It comes after a distinct change in media coverage of the migration crisis coincided with the publication of heartbreaking images of a dead Syrian boy lying on a Turkish beach.
Aylan Kurdi was photographed after the boat his family had been travelling in suddenly overturned.
His image sparked an outpouring of support for refugees across Europe and the world.
But the decision by some British tabloids to demand humanitarian solutions to the crisis unfolding over the summer prompted criticism from those who thought it to be hypocritical.
Over the weekend, The Sun on Sunday published the findings of an opinion poll showing 52% support for bombing in Syria, opposite a picture of Aylan.
The Sun says Bomb Syria 'For Aylan': here's his home town pic.twitter.com/WYxWuZeovZ— Peter Jukes (@peterjukes) September 6, 2015
The power of the people is greater than the people in powerSeptember 7, 2015
#DontBombSyria Because you can't guarantee civilians won't be killed and you risk making ISIL look like the victims and gaining sympathy.— Noel McGivern (@Good_Beard) September 7, 2015
On train reading #DontBombSyria tweets.cant stop tears thinking of the mess the US and UK made of the middle east and the backlash now!— Suzanne Sallam (@SuzySallam) September 7, 2015
The world is in this mess already because of Bush & Blair's warmongering ways #DontBombSyria— Andrew C Holdsworth (@ricpussayshot) September 7, 2015
Just a thought.
Every child deserves a safe place to live, without the fear of being bombed.September 7, 2015
#DontBombSyria No life is worthless. No life is worth less. All human life is precious. All life is worth something no matter who you are— Kanye's Ghostwriter (@ThinkingNothin) September 7, 2015
When has bombing a country ever made anything better? All bombs do is kill.September 7, 2015
#DontBombSyria because if you have enough money for another war, you have enough money for aid. war tore then apart, they need our help.— Kelly (@poisoned_youthx) September 7, 2015
Step back from the mega ego media machine.September 7, 2015
RT@Ian56789 Bombing Syria will murder even more children &create even more refugees
We DONT support itSeptember 7, 2015
David Cameron is to set out details of the Government's plans to re-settle thousands of refugees fleeing Syria today.
Officials have been working on the scheme throughout the weekend after the Prime Minister dramatically dropped his opposition to taking more people seeking sanctuary from the conflict.
He had previously argued taking in refugees would simply encourage more people to risk the hazardous sea crossing to Europe which has already claimed thousands of lives