Today in the House of Commons, after a debate in which a number of centrist back-benchers again disgraced themselves, two hundred and five of Labour’s two hundred and fifty nine MPs backed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s emergency debate for parliamentary approval to be required before the UK launches military action.
Corbyn has been attacked by the Establishment and its media for his measured, law-based stance on the Syria bombings – but it has the approval of almost 80% of the UK public, who did not agree with the decision to launch missile strikes.
Some MPs may have been ‘paired’ – the procedure for an MP of one party to agree not to vote if an MP from the opposing party is absent, for example through illness – but pairing today was minimal.
The MPs who, according to Hansard, supported their leader and the public are listed below, sorted by surname.
If your MP is not in this list, ask them to explain why. (Kelvin Hopkins, who is currently suspended from the ‘whip’ and therefore technically not a Labour MP, also voted with Corbyn):
Allin-Khan, Dr Rosena
De Cordova, Marsha
De Piero, Gloria
Dent Coad, Emma
Dhesi, Tanmanjeet Singh
Drew, Dr David
Huq, Dr Rupa
Jones, Susan Elan
Long Bailey, Rebecca
Lucas, Ian C.
Sweeney, Mr Paul
Whitehead, Dr Alan
Williams, Dr Paul
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