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Disgraceful - only 13 MPs vote against war on Libya

Issue No. 2244

On Monday MPs in the House of Commons debated the United Nations Security Council resolution authorising military intervention in Libya.

Unfortunately, they were unable to debate the bombing before it actually started.

Disgracefully only 13 MPs opposed the intervention, while 557 agreed, albeit some with handwringing.

Some MPs criticised the press for romanticising the horrors of war. Others spoke of their fears of a lengthy campaign that would prove difficult to finish.

Jeremy Corbyn, Labour MP for Islington North in London, spoke against military intervention.

He noted that a public opinion poll in London on Monday showed that a majority didn’t favour military intervention.

“We are seeing a popular revolution for accountable government, peace and democracy on the streets throughout the region,” he said.

“We have been on the wrong side in selling arms and supporting dictators.

“We have not thought through the implications of what we are doing now in Libya. I suspect we might end up in a Libyan civil war for a long time and that this is not the only occasion on which we will debate the subject in the House.

“This is the easy bit; the hard part is yet to come.”

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