Jeremy Corbyn: Avoid Iraq errors and give MPs vote

Frederick Owens
April 15, 2018

Last night Labour announced that they would provide free bus travel for all citizens aged under 25, should Jeremy Corbyn's party be elected to government at the next General Election - and, after unveiling the new policy at a sixth form in Derby, it's safe to say the students there were absolutely delighted by Labour's latest promise.

Mrs May has said "all the indications" are that the Syrian regime of president Bashar al-Assad, which denies mounting a chemical attack, was responsible.

"Bombs won't save lives or bring about peace", he said.

"The need to restart genuine negotiations for peace and an inclusive political settlement of the Syrian conflict, including the withdrawal of all foreign forces, could not be more urgent".

Mr Corbyn also slammed ministers for launching strikes before giving MPs a say, saying Ms May "should have sought parliamentary approval, not trailed after Donald Trump".

The two leaders also said there was a need "to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime", as they pledged to work together on the worldwide response to the suspected chemical weapons attack.

Many politicians, including some in May's own Conservative Party, had backed his call for parliament to be asked before any military strike.

He added: "The Government should do whatever possible to push Russian Federation and the United States to agree to an independent UN-led investigation of last weekend's horrific chemical weapons attack so that those responsible can be held to account".

The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn said on Saturday there was no legal basis for British strikes against Syria and such action would encourage others to behave in the same way.

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"But it is about doing the right thing, it is about actually protecting those innocent people that the Assad regime have so little care for and are quite comfortable in terms of using chemical weapons against them".

Mrs May and Mr Trump had also "agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged, and on the need to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime".

Earlier on Saturday, the US, United Kingdom and France launched airstrikes on the Assad regime's alleged chemical weapons facilities in the country.

Senior figures from Russia have warned of a Russian response to a USA attack.

Douma and the rest of eastern Ghouta had been a significant rebel stronghold throughout Syria's civil war and its surrender came after years of siege by Assad's troops and a months-long military offensive.

May is certain to face MPs' anger on Monday when parliament returns from recess.

But he said it was "intellectually bankrupt" to expect the security services to lay out all the information they have.

Labour MP Emma Dent Coad has handed a letter in to Downing Street urging Theresa May not to take military action in Syria.

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