Cor­byn’s law call over Syria at­tack

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was mur­dered by a gang of racists in Eltham on April 22, 1993 at the age of 18.

Two of the group of up to six thugs who at­tacked the teenager have been con­victed of mur­der, but the rest have evaded jus­tice. A MAN from West York­shire has been ar­rested af­ter a car was driven into crowds of peo­ple in Black­pool town cen­tre.

Three peo­ple were hit by a Skoda car out­side a night­club on Tal­bot Road at around 11.50pm on Satur­day. They were treated by the North West Am­bu­lance Ser­vice fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent. Their in­juries are not thought to be life-threat­en­ing.

Black­pool Po­lice said the ar­rested man, a 19-year-old from West York­shire, has been de­tained on sus­pi­cion of dan­ger­ous driv­ing, drink/drug driv­ing and caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm. A FA­THER-OF-THREE is to tackle the Lon­don Marathon next Sun­day dressed in a 5ft-wide poppy suit.

Owen Willis, 49, is at­tempt­ing to bag the Guin­ness World Record for the “fastest marathon dressed as a three­d­i­men­sional plant (male)”.

Mr Wills, from Scar­bor­ough, must com­plete the 26.2-mile race in un­der five hours to take home the record.

He spent weeks de­sign­ing and mak­ing his poppy suit, which weighs al­most half a stone and com­prises of 16 pieces that slot to­gether.

The keen run­ner is rais­ing money for the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion and SSAFA, the armed LABOUR would refuse to back any ac­tion in Syria un­less it had the back­ing of Rus­sia, Jeremy Cor­byn has said as he called for laws to stop the Gov­ern­ment act­ing with­out the back­ing of MPs.

Theresa May will go be­fore the Commons to­day to ex­plain why she or­dered Bri­tish cruise mis­sile at­tacks on Syria as part of a joint op­er­a­tion with the United States and France.

For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son said “fi­nally the world has said enough is enough” as he de­fended the “pro­por­tion­ate” ac­tion.

But Mr Cor­byn called for the in­tro­duc­tion of a War Pow­ers Act to stop gov­ern­ments launch­ing mil­i­tary ac­tion in most cir­cum­stances with­out the back­ing of MPs.

Rus­sia has re­peat­edly used its UN veto to block sanc­tions and in­ves­ti­ga­tions dur­ing the bloody civil war in Syria.

Asked if there were any cir­cum­stances in which he would back air strikes in Syria, Mr Cor­byn said: “I can only coun­te­nance in­volve­ment in Syria if there is a UN au­thor­ity be­hind it.

“If we could get to a process in the UN where you get to a cease­fire, you get to a forces’ char­ity. Mr Willis be­gan run­ning in 2009 and com­pleted the York Marathon in 2014, when he ran it in three hours and 31 min­utes.

“I would like to break the record,” Mr Willis said. “I don’t know how many other three-di­men­sional plants are run­ning – it could be a proper race.” po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion, you then may well get to a sit­u­a­tion where there could be a UN force es­tab­lished to en­force that cease­fire.”

Shadow for­eign sec­re­tary Emily Thorn­berry said tak­ing mil­i­tary ac­tion against Bashar As­sad’s regime had been the “wrong thing to do”.

She said: “We think that it should be in law that there should be a vote in Par­lia­ment be­fore we take mil­i­tary ac­tion.

“Not ur­gent cases. Clearly not when we are un­der at­tack or the Prime Min­is­ter has been kid­napped, or any­thing like that.”

But David Lid­ing­ton, the Prime Min­is­ter’s deputy, said there were “no plans” for leg­is­la­tion. The Cabi­net min­is­ter said he was “not go­ing to rule any­thing in or rule any­thing out” about whether the Gov­ern­ment would give MPs a vote if fresh ac­tion was taken in Syria.

Mr John­son said: “There is no pro­posal on the ta­ble at the mo­ment for fur­ther at­tacks be­cause so far - thank heav­ens - the As­sad regime has not been so foolish to launch an­other chem­i­cal weapons at­tack.

“If and when such a thing were to hap­pen then clearly, with al­lies, we would study what the op­tions were.”

Mrs May in­sisted the de­ci­sion to de­ploy Bri­tish cruise mis­siles was “both right and le­gal”.

Mean­while, Don­ald Trump has de­fended his use of the phrase “Mis­sion Ac­com­plished” to de­scribe the mis­sile at­tack on Syria’s chem­i­cal weapons pro­gramme.

His choice of words re­called a sim­i­lar claim as­so­ci­ated with Pres­i­dent George W Bush fol­low­ing the US-led in­va­sion of Iraq.

Pres­i­dent Bush ad­dressed sailors on board a Navy ship in May 2003 along­side a “Mis­sion Ac­com­plished” ban­ner, just weeks be­fore it be­came ap­par­ent that Iraqis had or­gan­ised an in­sur­gency that tied down US forces for years.

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