37 Labour MPs Walked Away with Syrian Blood on Their Hands

sYRIA BOMBS

More than half the Labour members who voted to bomb Syria in 2015 are no longer Labour MPs

ONE post-election revelation may surprise members and supporters of the Labour Party.

Just seven days after the General Election defeat it can be revealed that 37 of the 66 Labour MPs (56%) who supported David Cameron’s demand to bomb Syria in a Commons Motion on 2nd December 2015 are NO LONGER Labour MPs.

They have quite literally walked away from responsibility with the death of thousands on their hands.

The 2015 debate and vote on whether to extend British bombing of Isis into Syria was high profile and controversial for many reasons.

Labour MPs were given a free vote and allowed to vote according to their views. Most – including the majority of the Shadow Cabinet – opposed the bombing, in line with Jeremy Corbyn.

David Cameron won the Syria airstrikes vote by majority of 174.

But 66 Labour MPs voted with the Conservatives in support of the strikes. When the votes were counted MPs voted 397 to 223 in favour of sending RAF Tornados into the skies over Syria.

Corbyn was forced by divisions in his party to give his MPs a free vote, and a majority of his MPs and nearly half the shadow cabinet opposed the airstrikes.

But his foreign affairs spokesman, Hilary Benn, prompted applause from the Government benches when he gave an impassioned speech in favour of the bombing.

The debate was one of the first tests of Corbyn’s leadership and the voting publically showed those MPs who were prepared to go against him.

The bombing of Syria by US and UK planes between 2014 and 2019 has led to over 14,000 deaths on the ground – including an estimated 3,800 innocent civilians.

Now, exactly four years since that controversial House of Commons vote, it can be revealed that more than half of those pro bombing Labour MPs have gone.

While 10 of them lost their seats in last week’s General Election, the other 27 left Labour for other opportunities either in business or as members of centrist neo-liberal parties.

The full list is:

  1. Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2019
  2. Alan Campbell (Tynemouth)
  3. Alan Johnson (Kingston upon Hull West & Hessle) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2017
  4. Alison McGovern (Wirral South)
  5. Angela Eagle (Wallasey)
  6. Angela Smith (Penistone and Stocksbridge) LEFT FOR TIG
  7. Anna Turley (Redcar) LOST SEAT IN 2019
  8. Ann Coffey (Stockport) LEFT FOR CHANGE UK
  9. Ben Bradshaw (Exeter)
  10. Bridget Phillipson (Houghton & Sunderland South)
  11. Caroline Flint (Don Valley) LOST SEAT IN 2019
  12. Colleen Fletcher (Coventry North East)
  13. Chris Bryant (Rhondda)
  14. Chris Leslie (Nottingham East) LEFT FOR TIG
  15. Chuka Umunna (Streatham) LEFT FOR TIG
  16. Conor McGinn (St Helens North)
  17. Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central)
  18. Emma Reynolds (Wolverhampton North East) LOST SEAT IN 2019
  19. Frank Field (Birkenhead) LEFT TO BE INDEPENDENT
  20. Gareth Thomas (Harrow West)
  21. Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2017
  22. Gloria De Piero (Ashfield) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2019
  23. George Howarth (Knowsley)
  24. Geoffrey Robinson (Coventry North West) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2019
  25. Graham Jones (Hyndburn) LOST SEAT IN 2019
  26. Harriet Harman (Camberwell & Peckham)
  27. Heidi Alexander (Lewisham East) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2018
  28. Helen Jones (Warrington North) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2019
  29. Hilary Benn (Leeds Central)
  30. Holly Lynch (Halifax)
  31. Ian Austin (Dudley North) LEFT TO TAKE UP JOB WITH THE TORIES
  32. Jamie Reed (Copeland) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2017
  33. Jenny Chapman (Darlington) LOST SEAT IN 2019
  34. Jim Dowd (Lewisham West) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2017
  35. Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar & Limehouse) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2019
  36. Joan Ryan (Enfield North) LEFT FOR CHANGE UK
  37. John Spellar (Warley)
  38. John Woodcock (Barrow and Furness) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2019
  39. Keith Vaz (Leicester East) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2019
  40. Kevan Jones (North Durham)
  41. Kevin Barron (Rother Valley) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2019
  42. Liz Kendall (Leicester West)
  43. Louise Ellman (Liverpool Riverside) LEFT TO BE INDEPENDENT
  44. Luciana Berger (Liverpool Wavertree) LEFT FOR TIG
  45. Lucy Powell (Manchester Central)
  46. Margaret Beckett (Derby South)
  47. Margaret Hodge (Barking)
  48. Maria Eagle (Garston and Halewood)
  49. Mary Creagh (Wakefield) LOST SEAT IN 2019
  50. Michael Dugher (Barnsley East) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2017
  51. Neil Coyle (Bermondsey & Old Southwark)
  52. Pat McFadden (Wolverhampton South East)
  53. Peter Kyle (Hove)
  54. Phil Wilson (Sedgefield) LOST SEAT IN 2019
  55. Ruth Smeeth (Stoke on Trent North) LOST SEAT IN 2019
  56. Simon Danczuk (Rochdale) RESIGNED FROM LABOUR IN 2017
  57. Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham and Morden)
  58. Stephen Doughty (Cardiff South and Penarth)
  59. Stella Creasy (Walthamstow)
  60. Susan Elan Jones (Clwyd South) LOST SEAT IN 2019
  61. Tom Blenkinsop (Middlesbrough South) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2017
  62. Tom Watson (West Bromwich East) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2019
  63. Tristram Hunt (Stoke-on-Trent Central) STOOD DOWN AS MP IN 2017
  64. Vernon Coaker (Gedling) LOST SEAT IN 2019
  65. Wayne David (Caerphilly)
  66. Yvette Cooper (Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)

Right wing Labour MPs exposed by their own voting record

AMID all the rhetoric, propaganda, smears and double talk, perhaps the best way to isolate the right wing Labour MPs is to examine their recent voting records.

Over the past 10 months, under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, there have been three key House of Commons debates where MPs showed their true colours to the Labour membership.

In many ways these votes exposed the real “Enemy Within” and those who will undermine Mr Corbyn at every turn.

The first occasion was last October when Labour had the opportunity to vote against George Osborne’s fiscal charter, which introduced a law to ban governments from borrowing money to fund infrastructure, housing or public services “during normal times”.

It was a key vote to secure the Tories’ Austerity programme and stop future public investment.

The second time was in December, when MPs debated and voted on whether to extend British bombing to Syria. An extension which has already killed hundreds of innocent civilians.

And the third occasion was on 18 July this year when MPs backed renewing the Trident £200 billion nuclear deterrent by 472 to 117 – a majority of 355 votes.

On Wednesday 14 October Labour voted against George Osborne’s fiscal charter. But a group of 20 MPs from Labour’s right wing felt they could not vote against the Tories’ Austerity proposal and instead abstained.

The abstainers were:

  • Rushanara Ali 
  • Ian Austin 
  • Adrian Bailey 
  • Ben Bradshaw 
  • Ann Coffey 
  • Simon Danczuk 
  • Chris Evans 
  • Frank Field 
  • Mike Gapes 
  • Margaret Hodge 
  • Tristram Hunt 
  • Graham Jones 
  • Helen Jones 
  • Liz Kendall 
  • Chris Leslie 
  • Fiona MacTaggart 
  • Shabana Mahmood 
  • Jamie Reed 
  • Graham Stringer 
  • Gisela Stuart

The debate and vote on whether to extend British bombing of Isis into Syria was high profile and controversial for many reasons.

Labour MPs were given a free vote and allowed to vote according to their views.

Most Labour MPs – including the majority of the Shadow Cabinet – opposed the bombing, in line with Jeremy Corbyn.

But 66 Labour MPs voted with David Cameron in support of the military strikes.

They were:

  • Heidi Alexander
  • Ian Austin
  • Adrian Bailey
  • Kevin Barron
  • Margaret Beckett
  • Hilary Benn
  • Luciana Berger
  • Tom Blenkinsop
  • Ben Bradshaw
  • Chris Bryant
  • Alan Campbell
  • Jenny Chapman
  • Vernon Coaker
  • Ann Coffey
  • Yvette Cooper
  • Neil Coyle
  • Mary Creagh
  • Stella Creasy
  • Simon Danczuk
  • Wayne David
  • Gloria De Piero
  • Stephen Doughty
  • Jim Dowd
  • Michael Dugher
  • Angela Eagle
  • Maria Eagle
  • Susan Elan Jones
  • Louise Ellman
  • Frank Field
  • Jim Fitzpatrick
  • Colleen Fletcher
  • Caroline Flint
  • Harriet Harman
  • Margaret Hodge
  • George Howarth
  • Tristram Hunt
  • Dan Jarvis
  • Alan Johnson
  • Graham Jones
  • Helen Jones
  • Kevan Jones
  • Liz Kendall
  • Peter Kyle
  • Chris Leslie
  • Holly Lynch
  • Siobhain McDonagh
  • Pat McFadden
  • Conor McGinn
  • Alison McGovern
  • Lucy Powell
  • Bridget Phillipson
  • Jamie Reed
  • Emma Reynolds
  • Geoffrey Robinson
  • Joan Ryan
  • Ruth Smeeth
  • Angela Smith
  • John Spellar
  • Gisela Stuart
  • Gareth Thomas
  • Anna Turley
  • Chuka Umunna
  • Keith Vaz
  • Tom Watson
  • Phil Wilson
  • John Woodcock

In July this year when MPs backed renewing the Trident nuclear deterrent by 472 to 117, some 140 Labour MPs voted for the renewal, compared to 47 who voted no. A further 41 abstained or made themselves scarce.

Those who voted for Trident were:

  • Heidi Alexander 
  • Rushanara Ali
  • Rosena Allin-Khan
  • Ian Austin
  • Adrian Bailey
  • Kevin Barron
  • Margaret Beckett
  • Hilary Benn
  • Luciana Berger
  • Clive Betts
  • Tom Blenkinsop
  • Ben Bradshaw
  • Kevin Brennan
  • Chris Bryant
  • Andy Burnham
  • Liam Byrne
  • Alan Campbell
  • Jenny Chapman
  • Vernon Coaker
  • Ann Coffey
  • Julie Cooper
  • Rosie Cooper
  • Yvette Cooper
  • Neil Coyle
  • Mary Creagh
  • Stella Creasy
  • Jim Cunningham
  • Nic Dakin
  • Simon Danczuk
  • Wayne David
  • Geraint Davies
  • Gloria de Piero
  • Stephen Doughty
  • Jim Dowd
  • Peter Dowd
  • Jack Dromey
  • Michael Dugher
  • Angela Eagle
  • Maria Eagle
  • Julie Elliott
  • Louise Ellman
  • Bill Esterson 
  • Paul Farrelly
  • Frank Field
  • Jim Fitzpatrick
  • Robert Flello
  • Colleen Fletcher
  • Caroline Flint
  • Yvonne Fovargue
  • Gill Furniss
  • Mike Gapes 
  • Pat Glass
  • Mary Glindon
  • Kate Green
  • Andrew Gwynne
  • David Hanson
  • Harriet Harman
  • Helen Hayes
  • Sue Hayman
  • John Healey
  • Stephen Hepburn
  • Meg Hillier
  • Margaret Hodge
  • George Howarth
  • Tristram Hunt
  • Dan Jarvis
  • Alan Johnson
  • Diana Johnson
  • Gerald Jones
  • Graham Jones
  • Helen Jones
  • Kevan Jones
  • Susan Elan Jones
  • Mike Kane
  • Liz Kendall
  • Stephen Kinnock
  • Peter Kyle
  • Chris Leslie
  • Emma Lewell-Buck
  • Ian C Lucas
  • Holly Lynch
  • Justin Madders
  • Khalid Mahmood
  • Shabana Mahmood
  • Seema Malhotra
  • John Mann
  • Rob Marris
  • Christian Matheson
  • Steve McCabe
  • Kerry McCarthy
  • Siobhain McDonagh
  • Pat McFadden
  • Conor McGinn
  • Alison McGovern
  • Liz McInnes
  • Catherine McKinnell
  • Ed Miliband
  • Madeleine Moon
  • Jessica Morden
  • Melanie Onn
  • Chi Onwurah
  • Albert Owen
  • Matthew Pennycook
  • Toby Perkins
  • Jess Phillips
  • Bridget Phillipson
  • Lucy Powell
  • Jamie Reed
  • Steve Reed
  • Christina Rees
  • Rachel Reeves
  • Jonathan Reynolds
  • Geoffrey Robinson
  • Joan Ryan
  • Virendra Sharma
  • Barry Sheerman
  • Paula Sherriff
  • Gavin Shuker
  • Andy Slaughter
  • Ruth Smeeth
  • Angela Smith
  • Nick Smith
  • Owen Smith
  • Karin Smyth
  • John Spellar
  • Keir Starmer
  • Wes Streeting
  • Gisela Stuart
  • Mark Tami
  • Gareth Thomas
  • Nick Thomas-Symonds
  • Stephen Timms
  • Anna Turley
  • Karl Turner
  • Stephen Twigg
  • Valerie Vaz
  • Tom Watson
  • Phil Wilson
  • Rosie Winterton
  • John Woodcock
  • Iain Wright

And the hard core of 14 right wing/Blairite Labour MPs that refused to vote against the Tories, voted TO BOMB Syria AND for the renewal of Trident are therefore:

  • Ian Austin 
  • Adrian Bailey 
  • Ben Bradshaw 
  • Ann Coffey 
  • Simon Danczuk 
  • Frank Field 
  • Margaret Hodge 
  • Tristram Hunt 
  • Graham Jones 
  • Helen Jones 
  • Liz Kendall 
  • Chris Leslie 
  • Jamie Reed 
  • Gisela Stuart

It is easy to see without looking too far, just who are Labour’s Red Tories and those who might be advised to find a different political party to represent.

  • For more background you may also like to read: The right wing incontinence of the Progress plotters.

https://seagullnic.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/the-right-wing-incontinence-of-the-progress-plotters/

 

Stop the Bombing

In the East the wind is blowing

Poisoned dust of fire and lies

And the US keeps on killing

Destroying innocent Muslim lives

 

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Our world is dying

Children crying

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Now
Behind the door sits evil Zion

In his pocket Washington cries

And down south in deepest Riyadh

A Sheik listens closely to his spies

 

Stop the bombing

Our world is dying

Children crying

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Now

 

Back in Paris the poets ponder

Bertolt Brecht does up his flies

Vladimir prepares his bright red hammer

The victims cry to the darkening skies

 

Stop the bombing

Our world is dying

Children crying

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Now

 

And now China joins the onslaught

Blowing desert dirt into allied eyes

The world war is just beginning

Fury lives as mankind dies

 

Stop the bombing

Our world is dying

Children crying

Stop the bombing

Now