Cor­byn stance could en­able tyrant to act withy im­punity, MPs told

Yorkshire Post - - POLITICS & ECONOMY -

JEREMY COR­BYN’S stance on mil­i­tary ac­tion could en­able any “tyrant” or “mega­lo­ma­niac” with the sup­port of an “amoral state” within the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to carry out a geno­cide with “to­tal im­punity”, Do­minic Grieve has warned.

The Tory for­mer At­tor­ney Gen­eral said if the Labour leader “per­sists” on “chang­ing its pre­vi­ous ad­her­ence to the pre­vi­ous rule of in­ter­na­tional law”, then a per­son in­tent on car­ry­ing out geno­cide would be able to con­duct it.

He said the in­ter­na­tional rules­based sys­tem would be “dead” in such a cir­cum­stance.

Theresa May said she “ab­so­lutely” agreed with Mr Grieve.

Mrs May sidestepped calls for a fu­ture vote on ac­tion, say­ing that it was “im­por­tant” the Gov­ern­ment is able to act. Labour for­mer Cab­i­net Min­is­ter Hi­lary Benn told the Com­mons it was right to up­hold the in­ter­na­tional pro­hi­bi­tion on chem­i­cal weapons but said: “As some­one who sup­ported mil­i­tary ac­tion against Daesh in Syria in the vote in De­cem­ber 2015, may I say gen­tly to the Prime Min­is­ter that she should have come first to the House be­fore com­mit­ting our forces to ac­tion.”

He asked Mrs May to give an as­sur­ance that if Bashar As­sad were to use chem­i­cal weapons against civil­ians again that she will “come to Par­lia­ment first” and that she “will trust Par­lia­ment to de­cide what is to be done”.

The Prime Min­is­ter said: “I recog­nise the im­por­tance and sig­nif­i­cance of Par­lia­ment, and Par­lia­ment be­ing able to make its views known on these is­sues. But it is also im­por­tant that the Gov­ern­ment is able to act and there will al­ways be cir­cum­stances in which it is im­por­tant for the Gov­ern­ment to be able to act and for the op­er­a­tional se­cu­rity of our Armed Forces to be able to do so with­out that de­bate hav­ing taken place in Par­lia­ment, there will be cir­cum­stances where that is the case.”

She added: “No­body should be in any doubt, I think, about our re­solve that should be there to en­sure that we do not see a sit­u­a­tion de­vel­op­ing where the use of chem­i­cal weapons is nor­malised.” DIANE AB­BOTT has come under fire af­ter post­ing a fake im­age of a bomb­ing raid in a so­cial me­dia post about the Syr­ian air strikes.

The Shadow Home Sec­re­tary dis­missed as “pa­thetic” the row over her use of the pic­ture.

The Labour front­bencher used the im­age in a post hit­ting out at In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment Sec­re­tary Penny Mor­daunt, who was de­fend­ing the Gov­ern­ment’s re­fusal to hold a par­lia­men­tary vote be­fore launch­ing air strikes in re­sponse to the chem­i­cal weapon at­tack at Douma.

Twit­ter users pointed out that the im­age used to il­lus­trate her point was a com­pos­ite show­ing what a fic­tional Is­raeli air strike in Tehran might have looked like, rather than an ac­tual RAF raid on Syria.

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