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Labour rift widens over intervention in Syria

Labour rift widens over intervention in Syria

In wake of UN vote for action against Isis, Jeremy Corbyn insists ‘enthusiasm for interventions has only multiplied the threats to us’Jeremy Corbyn appeared to be on a collision course with his own shadow cabinet and dozens of backbench Labour MPs on Saturday after saying the atrocities in Paris made the case for a “negotiated settlement” in Syria, rather than military action against Isis.The Labour leader – a long-term opponent of western military interventions – appears increasingly at odds with senior figures in the party, including shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn and deputy leader Tom Watson. Both see a unanimous vote by the United Nations on Friday night, calling on all member states to take “all necessary measures” against Isis, as giving potential legal cover for airstrikes in Syria if they are part of a comprehensive plan to bring peace to the region. Related: Jeremy Corbyn: Paris attacks must not draw us into cycle of hate Related: Jeremy Corbyn urged to give Labour MPs free vote on Syria airstrikes Continue reading...

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