Op-ed: It’s always sad to see Labour MPs in the mix with Tories but more so when a few weeks, or is it days, later they are all proved to have been WRONG.
#WeStandWithJeremyCorbyn has been a popular hashtag on social media for supporters of the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and it is a shame some of our own Labour MPs did not do just that!
Dare we say the usual suspects?
As Theresa May went into full attack mode against Russian leader President Putin some Labour MPs opted to applaud her and stand with her in parliament.
John Woodcock seems to have been a leading light in this.
As news broke this week that PM May and her Foreign Secretary had jumped the gun on Russia, as usual Jeremy Corbyn stands on the correct side of this affair, by having initially offered a measured approach.
Some MPs will no doubt be quick to comment that Jeremy Corbyn was a serial political rebel when he had a seat on the backbenches but he did not simply rebel to undermine a party leader rather he rebelled as he believed what he was saying.
I wonder how many who backed the Early Day Motion reproduced below can say the same?
RUSSIA'S POISONING OF SERGEI AND YULIA SKRIPAL
Date tabled: 14.03.2018
Primary sponsor: Woodcock, John
Sponsors: Streeting, Wes Creasy, Stella Doughty, Stephen Umunna, Chuka Coffey, Ann
That this House unequivocally accepts the Russian state's culpability for the poisoning of Yulia and Sergei Skripal in Salisbury using the illegal novichok nerve agent which has also led to the serious illness of Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey who went to their rescue, and to the possible poisoning of other members of the emergency services and public as yet unknown; fully supports the statement made by the Prime Minister on 14 March 2018 in response to Russia's illegal attack on the UK; further supports the Government's sanctions against Russia resulting from this incident thus far, including the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats; supports the decision not to send Government ministers or members of the Royal family to Russia until further notice; supports the Government's call for a special meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss Russia's use of chemical weapons on UK soil; and resolves to consider support for further proportionate actions to deter future acts of aggression by the Russian state.
Austin, Ian Labour Party Dudley North 14.03.2018
Bailey, Adrian Labour Party West Bromwich West 14.03.2018
Barron, Kevin Labour Party Rother Valley 14.03.2018
Berger, Luciana Labour Party Liverpool Wavertree 15.03.2018
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 16.03.2018
Carmichael, Alistair Liberal Democrats Orkney and Shetland 15.03.2018
Coffey, Ann Labour Party Stockport 14.03.2018
Cooper, Rosie Labour Party West Lancashire 19.03.2018
Coyle, Neil Labour Party Bermondsey and Old Southwark 14.03.2018
Creagh, Mary Labour Party Wakefield 19.03.2018
Creasy, Stella Labour Party Walthamstow 14.03.2018
Davey, Edward Liberal Democrats Kingston and Surbiton 16.03.2018
Docherty, Martin Scottish National Party West Dunbartonshire 15.03.2018
Doughty, Stephen Labour Party Cardiff South and Penarth 14.03.2018
Ellman, Louise Labour Party Liverpool Riverside 15.03.2018
Evans, Chris Labour Party Islwyn 14.03.2018
Farron, Tim Liberal Democrats Westmorland and Lonsdale 19.03.2018
Fitzpatrick, Jim Labour Party Poplar and Limehouse 14.03.2018
Gapes, Mike Labour Party Ilford South 14.03.2018
Glindon, Mary Labour Party North Tyneside 15.03.2018
Hobhouse, Wera Liberal Democrats Bath 15.03.2018
Hodge, Margaret Labour Party Barking 15.03.2018
Jardine, Christine Liberal Democrats Edinburgh West 15.03.2018
Jones, Graham Labour Party Hyndburn 15.03.2018
Kinnock, Stephen Labour Party Aberavon 14.03.2018
Lamb, Norman Liberal Democrats North Norfolk 21.03.2018
Leslie, Chris Labour Party Nottingham East 15.03.2018
Lloyd, Stephen Liberal Democrats Eastbourne 16.03.2018
Malhotra, Seema Labour Party Feltham and Heston 15.03.2018
McDonald, Stewart Scottish National Party Glasgow South 15.03.2018
McGovern, Alison Labour Party Wirral South 14.03.2018
McKinnell, Catherine Labour Party Newcastle upon Tyne North 15.03.2018
Monaghan, Carol Scottish National Party Glasgow North West 16.03.2018
Murray, Ian Labour Party Edinburgh South 15.03.2018
Perkins, Toby Labour Party Chesterfield 14.03.2018
Rimmer, Marie Labour Party St Helens South and Whiston 21.03.2018
Ryan, Joan Labour Party Enfield North 15.03.2018
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 19.03.2018
Smeeth, Ruth Labour Party Stoke-on-Trent North 14.03.2018
Smith, Angela C Labour Party Penistone and Stocksbridge 15.03.2018
Snell, Gareth Labour Party Stoke-on-Trent Central 15.03.2018
Spellar, John Labour Party Warley 15.03.2018
Stone, Jamie Liberal Democrats Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross 15.03.2018
Streeting, Wes Labour Party Ilford North 14.03.2018
Swinson, Jo Liberal Democrats East Dunbartonshire 16.03.2018
Timms, Stephen Labour Party East Ham 15.03.2018
Turley, Anna Labour Party Redcar 14.03.2018
Umunna, Chuka Labour Party Streatham 14.03.2018
Wilson, Phil Labour Party Sedgefield 15.03.2018
Woodcock, John Labour Party Barrow and Furness 14.03.2018
Opinion: At the 2015 General Election Tory PM David Cameron said he would step down from his role sometime before the 2020 General election.
He indicated he would serve a full term before doing so.
Having committed the country to an EU in or out referendum his premiership was never going to survive a BRexit vote.
He was soon toast but this week he has announced he is quitting his parliamentary role as MP for Witney but why?
There could be many reasons including the deep divisions in the Conservative Party, his dislike of Ms May's plans for the reintroduction of Grammar Schools, May's shift further right politically, being made an offer he could not refuse and more.
But could it be the damning report on Libya released Wednesday?
Mr Cameron now finds himself in a similar position to former Labour PM Tony Blair.
The Independent has run with the following headline "David Cameron 'ultimately responsible’ for Libya collapse and the rise of Isis, Commons report concludes." That article says:
The bloody collapse of Libya – which triggered a refugee crisis and aided the rise of Isis – is blamed today on David Cameron’s blunders when he intervened to overthrow Colonel Gaddafi.
Many will say tell us something we do not know!
In March this year US President Barack Obama was scathing of Cameron and Libya. "Barack Obama says David Cameron allowed Libya to become a 's*** show'" in an unprecedented attack claiming the UK was 'distracted'.
But the UK was not solely responsible for intervention in Libya or perhaps it was.
One politician that analysed what was liable to happen and tried to prevent British bombing of Libya and our intervention in an uprising was Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington and current leader of the Labour Party.
Jeremy Corbyn MP @jeremycorbyn Obama, Sarkozy and Cameron letter confirms tat Libya war is about regime change. Parliament did not approve that; time for a recall.15 Apr 2011, 9:20 am
Wednesday Jeremy Corbyn looked Cruella de Ville aka PM Theresa May in the eye as she morphed into a cross between Dodgy Dave Cameron, the nasty Margaret Thatcher and herself, wagging her finger, or was it a pen, at him during PMQs resorting to personal attack.
She was painful viewing playing a harridan so we reached for the remote and flipped channels.
Personal attack is something she has learned from David Cameron's premiership; Mr Corbyn does not do personal attacks preferring instead to attack policies but the Tories like to get down and dirty taking the heat away from themselves.
They try to rattle Corbyn and make him lose his thread but they never make him drop to their level.
So Ms May failed to debate serious policies preferring instead to comment on the Labour leadership election and Corbyn's re-election chances.
If Owen Smith wins it will be back to the same old PMQs with tit for tat attacks and a cross between vaudeville and a whitehall farce.
Some people even in the Labour Party may have tried to make Jeremy Corbyn fall at every hurdle but for many including me he has been a breath of fresh air revitalising political debate.
Corbyn is often proved right and perhaps May was miffed as that has happened again and this time on our involvement with the coup to oust Colonel Gaddafi.
in March 2011 Mr Corbyn wrote a piece in the Guardian titled "Libya and the suspicious rush to war." That opinion piece begins:
The House of Commons is debating the government stance on UN resolution 1973, having been invited to give its approval or withhold it. It's a bit late, as the prime minister made a statement to the Commons on Friday and within 24 hours the bombing had started. We are presented with a fait accompli.
That piece is well worth reading and we have added a link at the bottom of this report.
Jeremy Corbyn is not a flip-flop politician who changes his mind to suit.
He worked tirelessly as an MP speaking at Stop the War rallies across the UK and consistently voting against further conflict.
Can that be said of others?
In March 2011 BBC News reported "The full list of how MPs voted on Libya action."
The House of Commons voted by 557 to 13 to support UN-backed action in Libya at the end of their debate on 21 March 2011 - here is the full list of MPs who voted against, or did not vote:
Those in favour included:
Labour: Joe Benton (Bootle), Hazel Blears (Salford and Eccles), Chris Bryant (Rhondda), David Cairns (Inverclyde), Michael Connarty (Linlithgow & Falkirk East), Rosie Cooper (Lancashire West), Frank Doran (Aberdeen North), Angela Eagle (Wallasey), Caroline Flint (Don Valley), Paul Flynn (Newport West), Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East), Tom Harris (Glasgow South), Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow), Jim Hood (Lanark & Hamilton East), George Howarth (Knowsley), Tristram Hunt (Stoke-on-Trent Central), Glenda Jackson (Hampstead & Kilburn), Sian James (Swansea East), Alan Keen (Feltham & Heston), Denis MacShane (Rotherham), Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham & Morden), Alison McGovern (Wirral South), Alan Meale (Mansfield), Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby), George Mudie (Leeds East), Fiona O'Donnell (East Lothian), Chi Onwurah (Newcastle upon Tyne Central), Marsha Singh (Bradford West), Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South), Graham Stringer (Blackley & Broughton), Tom Watson (West Bromwich East), Dave Watts (St Helens North), David Winnick (Walsall North)
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