Cameron brands MPs voting against bombing Syria “terrorist sympathisers”

Prime Minister hits out at MPs – many of whom are in his own party

Cameron at a service last month to commemorate soldiers who died in wars

Cameron at a rememberance service in November 2015

Ahead of today’s vote over whether Britain should carry out bombing missions on Syrian targets, the prime minister has branded those who would vote against him “terrorist sympathisers”.

This includes around 20 Tory MPs who have questioned the current plans for action.

David Cameron’s strong language indicates the extent to which he is determined to win the vote.

Cameron says he believes that members of IS pose a threat to British security and that bombing Syrian targets would be part of the solution to reducing this threat.

Speaking to MPs, Cameron reportedly said: “You should not be walking through the lobbies with Jeremy Corbyn and a bunch of terrorist sympathisers.”

A Labour spokesman said: “It is a contemptible and desperate slur which demeans his office. He clearly realises he has failed to make a convincing case for military action in Syria and opinion is shifting away from him.”

If Cameron wins the vote, and it looks like he will, British bombs will join those of Russia, France and America in falling on targets in Syria.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond attempted to intervene on Radio 4’s Today programme, to soften Cameron’s message somewhat, saying that he thought perhaps the remarks were directed at Ken Livingstone.

Livingstone recently said that UK airstrikes on IS in Syria will make the group “more determined to come here and kill us”, and said that Tony Blair bore responsibility for the London 7/7 bombings after ignoring security warnings ahead of the invasion of Iraq.

Livingstone said: “I remember when Tony Blair was told by the security services: ‘If you go into Iraq, we will be a target for terrorism.’ And he ignored that advice and it killed 52 Londoners.”

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  • Anonymous

    The original vote against bombing in Syria was a valid one. The vote this time is to bomb IS, a totally different situation. its about helping to remove an organisation that perpetuates evil and crimes against humanity. its victims are of all races, creeds and religions.

    For an MP to vote against this they should not only resign their seat but resign from the human race.

    It only takes good men (or women) to do nothing for evil to triumph.

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  • Anonymous

    That last comment is absurd. That would indicate intelligence knows exactly where ISIS is and there would be no collateral damage? There is always collateral damage (oh well, maybe a few hundred innocents taken out, for the greater good). If we know exactly where they are, why not send in marines and special forces.
    Bombing Syria is crazy, and will most likely result in an attack on the UK, leading to the removal of more of our rights and an increase in "security" meaning that the British people are left with less freedoms than we have now.

    That's probably the plan anyway right!

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