SHAFAQNA – Britain will join the coalition of nations conducting airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria after MPs in the House of Commons voted to authorise the UK’s participation. MPs voted 397 to 223 in favour of sending RAF Tornados into the skies over Syria, after an all-day debate in parliament.
As Patrick Wintour reports, 66 Labour MPs backed the government in defiance of the party leader, Jeremy Corbyn. In a day of soul searching, recrimination and often heartfelt speeches, it became clear David Cameron was guaranteed a clear overall majority. Corbyn, who was forced by divisions in his party to give his MPs a free vote, will be pleased that a majority of his MPs and nearly half the shadow cabinet opposed strikes. But his foreign affairs spokesman, Hilary Benn, prompted rare applause when he gave an impassioned speech, regarded as the best of the debate, in favour of strikes. “We are here faced by fascists. Not just their calculated brutality, but their belief that they are superior to every single one of us in this chamber tonight and all of the people we represent. They hold us in contempt,” he said.
Anti-war protesters now say they are outraged.
There were 153 Labour MPs who voted against airstrikes: Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington), Debbie Abrahams (Oldham East & Saddleworth), Rushanara Ali (Bethnal Green & Bow), Graham Allen (Nottingham North), David Anderson (Blaydon), Jon Ashworth (Leicester South), Clive Betts (Sheffield South East), Roberta Blackman-Woods (Durham, City of), Paul Blomfield (Sheffield Central), Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West), Lyn Brown (West Ham), Nick Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East), Karen Buck (Westminster North), Richard Burden (Birmingham Northfield), Richard Burgon (Leeds East), Andy Burnham (Leigh), Dawn Butler (Brent Central), Liam Byrne (Birmingham Hodge Hill), Ruth Cadbury (Brentford & Isleworth), Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley), Sarah Champion (Rotherham), Julie Cooper (Burnley), Jeremy Corbyn(Islington North), David Crausby (Bolton North East), Jon Cruddas (Dagenham & Rainham), John Cryer (Leyton & Wanstead), Judith Cummins (Bradford South), Alex Cunningham (Stockton North), Jim Cunningham (Coventry South), Nic Dakin (Scunthorpe), Geraint Davies (Swansea West), Peter Dowd (Bootle), Jack Dromey (Birmingham Erdington), Clive Efford (Eltham), Julie Elliott (Sunderland Central), Bill Esterson (Sefton Central), Chris Evans (Islwyn), Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme), Rob Flello (Stoke-on-Trent South), Paul Flynn (Newport West), Yvonne Fovargue (Makerfield), Vicky Foxcroft (Lewisham Deptford), Barry Gardiner (Brent North), Pat Glass (Durham North West), Mary Glindon (Tyneside North), Roger Godsiff (Birmingham Hall Green), Kate Green (Stretford & Urmston), Lilian Greenwood (Nottingham South), Margaret Greenwood (Wirral West), Nia Griffith (Llanelli), Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish), Louise Haigh (Sheffield Heeley), Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East), David Hanson (Delyn), Harry Harpham (Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough), Carolyn Harris (Swansea East), Helen Hayes (Dulwich & West Norwood), Sue Hayman (Workington), John Healey (Wentworth & Dearne), Mark Hendrick (Preston), Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow), Meg Hillier (Hackney South & Shoreditch), Sharon Hodgson (Washington & Sunderland West), Kate Hoey (Vauxhall), Kate Hollern (Blackburn), Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North), Rupa Huq (Ealing Central & Acton), Imran Hussain (Bradford East), Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore), Diana Johnson (Hull North), Gerald Jones (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney), Mike Kane (Wythenshawe & Sale East), Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester Gorton), Barbara Keeley (Worsley & Eccles South), Sadiq Khan (Tooting), Stephen Kinnock (Aberavon), David Lammy (Tottenham), Ian Lavery (Wansbeck), Emma Lewell-Buck (South Shields), Clive Lewis (Norwich South), Ivan Lewis (Bury South), Rebecca Long-Bailey (Salford & Eccles), Ian Lucas (Wrexham), Steve McCabe (Birmingham Selly Oak), Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East), Andy McDonald (Middlesbrough), John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington), Liz McInnes (Heywood & Middleton), Catherine McKinnell (Newcastle upon Tyne North), Fiona Mactaggart (Slough), Justin Madders (Ellesmere Port & Neston), Shabana Mahmood (Birmingham Ladywood), Seema Malhotra (Feltham & Heston), John Mann (Bassetlaw), Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West), Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South), Rachael Maskell (York Central), Chris Matheson (Chester, City of), Alan Meale (Mansfield), Ian Mearns (Gateshead), Ed Miliband (Doncaster North), Madeleine Moon (Bridgend), Jessica Morden (Newport East), Grahame Morris (Easington), Ian Murray (Edinburgh South), Lisa Nandy (Wigan), Melanie Onn (Great Grimsby), Chi Onwurah (Newcastle upon Tyne Central), Kate Osamor (Edmonton), Albert Owen (Ynys Mon), Teresa Pearce (Erith & Thamesmead), Matthew Pennycook (Greenwich & Woolwich), Toby Perkins (Chesterfield), Jess Phillips (Birmingham Yardley), Stephen Pound (Ealing North), Yasmin Qureshi (Bolton South East), Angela Rayner (Ashton Under Lyne), Christina Rees (Neath), Rachel Reeves (Leeds West), Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge & Hyde), Marie Rimmer (St Helens South & Whiston), Steve Rotheram (Liverpool Walton), Naseem Shah (Bradford West), Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield), Paula Sherriff (Dewsbury), Gavin Shuker (Luton South), Tulip Siddiq (Hampstead & Kilburn), Dennis Skinner (Bolsover), Andy Slaughter (Hammersmith), Andrew Smith (Oxford East), Cat Smith (Lancaster & Fleetwood), Jeff Smith (Manchester Withington), Nick Smith (Blaenau Gwent), Owen Smith (Pontypridd), Karin Smyth (Bristol South), Keir Starmer (Holborn & St Pancras), Jo Stevens (Cardiff Central), Wes Streeting (Ilford North), Graham Stringer (Blackley & Broughton), Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside), Nick Thomas-Symonds (Torfaen), Emily Thornberry (Islington South & Finsbury), Stephen Timms (East Ham), Jon Trickett (Hemsworth), Karl Turner (Hull East), Derek Twigg (Halton), Stephen Twigg (Liverpool West Derby), Valerie Vaz (Walsall South), Catherine West (Hornsey & Wood Green), Alan Whitehead (Southampton Test), David Winnick (Walsall North), Iain Wright (Hartlepool) and Daniel Zeichner (Cambridge).