Cor­byn’s War Act ‘would risk lives’

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JEREMY Cor­byn would put Bri­tish cit­i­zens and troops at “se­vere risk” with a War Pow­ers Act block­ing mil­i­tary ac­tion with­out Par­lia­ment’s back­ing, a se­nior Labour MP said in a leaked email.

John Wood­cock, chair­man of Labour’s for­eign af­fairs com­mit­tee, said party leader Mr Cor­byn’s de­mand was an “ir­rel­e­vant dis­trac­tion at a time when our fo­cus must be on end­ing the hu­man suf­fer­ing in Syria”.

Speak­ing to the Mir­ror yes­ter­day, the MP said: “There is a very sig­nif­i­cant dan­ger that strongly cur­tail­ing pow­ers of the ex­ec­u­tive to de­clare mil­i­tary ac­tion could pose a se­vere risk to Bri­tish cit­i­zens and ser­vice per­son­nel.

“Many Labour MPs have been push­ing the Gov­ern­ment for years to take firmer ac­tion against chem­i­cal weapons be­ing used against civil­ians in Syria. So it’s right we should sup­port these strikes.”

A Labour spokesper­son said: “The party be­lieves the Prime Min­is­ter should be ac­count­able to Par­lia­ment, not to any other gov­ern­ment, in the most se­ri­ous mat­ters of peace and se­cu­rity.”

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