Saturday, August 20

Jeremy Corbyn condemns bullying of MPs who support bombing ISIS in Syria



Corbyn condemns ‘bullying’ of Labour MPs who support bombing IS Jeremy Corbyn has condemned bullying towards Labour MPs who support bombing in Syria.

As MPs held a marathon ten hour debate to discuss escalating the UK’s involvement in the fight against ISIS, the Labour leader to Facebook to declare any such behaviour unacceptable.

He said politics is about passion, values and principles”, but that he wanted the debate to be conducted in a “comradely fashion. He went on: Over recent days I have received a number of reports that there have been some incidents where Labour Party members and MPs have been abused.

He said the Prime Minister took part in similar abuse, when he reportedly declared anyone who would vote against action “terrorist sympathisers” in a private meeting of MPs.

Mr Corbyn added: I want to be very clear – there is no place in the Labour Party or from those that support us – for bullying of any sort, from any side of the debate.

It flies in the face of everything I believe and everything I stand for. His message came a few hours after former Home Secretary Alan hit out at anti-war campaigners who have bombarded MPs on Twitter and protested outside Stella Creasy’s office .

I find this decision as difficult as anyone to make, he says. I wish I had, frankly, the self righteous certitude of the finger jabbing representatives of our new, kinder type of politics who will no doubt soon be contacting those of us who support this motion tonight.

I believe ISIL/ Daesh has to be confronted and destroyed if we are to properly defend our country and our way of life. MPs will vote on whether to extend bombing raids from Iraq to Syria tonight, with the result expected at about 11pm.