But PM busy playing poodle
LABOUR, SNP and Green Party spokespeople joined anti-war and senior foreign affairs figures yesterday in condemning US missile strikes against a Syrian airbase.
The unilateral bombing was supposedly in retaliation for a suspected gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun on Tuesday which killed 52 adults and 20 children.
The US claims the Syrian government carried out the attack, a charge it denies.
Thousands of people were due to gather in London last night for an emergency demonstration called by the Stop the War Coalition (StWC) in protest against Theresa May’s support for the Tomahawk raid.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn warned against an escalation of the war in Syria, calling on the government to “urge restraint on the Trump administration” and to throw its weight behind a negotiated settlement.
“Tuesday’s horrific chemical attack was a war crime which requires urgent independent UN investigation and those responsible must be held to account,” he said.
“But unilateral military action without legal authorisation or independent verification risks intensifying a multisided conflict that has already killed hundreds of thousands.”
Mr Corbyn called for Geneva peace talks to resume as a matter of urgency and urged international pressure for a negotiated settlement.
An StWC spokesperson warned: “As well as ?deepening? the tragedy of the Syrian people, this utterly? irresponsible act threatens to widen the war and lead the West into military confrontation with Russia.”
But a Downing Street spokeswoman said: “The UK government fully supports the US action, which we believe was an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack launched by the Syrian regime, and is intended to deter further attacks.”
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon confirmed the government had been in “close contact” with Mr Trump prior to the strike.
Many Labour MPs broke ranks to beat the war drum, with deputy leader Tom Watson smarming that the air strike was a “proportionate” retaliation for the alleged war crime, despite having no foreign policy brief.
Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher took the opportunity to take a childish swipe at Mr Corbyn, tweeting that his statement had been run by “the Kremlin, Stop the War and the Morning Star.”