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Jeremy Corbyn victory will prevent military action in Syria, senior Labour figures warn

Jeremy Corbyn victory will prevent military action in Syria, senior Labour figures warn Senior Labour and military voices round on Jeremy Corbyn, warning that his election as Labour leader could prolong the migrant crisis after he waid he could not support deploying British troops overseas Britain will be unable to launch military action in Syria if Jeremy Corbyn becomes Labour leader, former party ministers, military leaders and allies of the UK have warned. The plight of thousands of dying and suffering migrants this week has reignited debate about how to respond to the Syrian crisis. But with Mr Corbyn expected to be named Labour leader next Saturday, senior party figures have warned that his appointment will leave the chance of British military intervention much reduced. David Cameron has suggested that a military intervention is required to solve the migrant crisis currently engulfing Europe and is known to favour voting on the issue after the Commons returns next week. Mr Corbyn said at a leadership hustings on Thursday [1] that he could not think of "any circumstances" in which he would back the deployment of British troops abroad. The Prime Minister is not technically required to hold a vote ahead of any military intervention, but has said repeatedly that he will. John McTernan: The Corbyn doctrine on war is a betrayal of Britain [2] Speaking in Madrid on Friday, Mr Cameron said he will only proceed with airstrikes if there is genuine consensus in the United Kingdom about it before going back to Parliament . However, with a slim House of Commons majority and as many as 30 rebels on the Tory backbenches, he is likely to require the support of the Labour party to get a vote through Parliament. With Mr Corbyn likely to instruct his MPs to vote against military action, it means deployment of troops could become impossible in the event of a Corbyn victory next weekend. Former Labour ministers and senior military figures condemned Mr Corbyn's position and warned that his election could prolong the migrant crisis. Lord West of Spithead, a security minister in Gordon Brown s Government, said that if Mr Corbyn wins it is unlikely that David Cameron will go to Parliament again because he will have people on his side voting against him. He doesn t want to risk another defeat. Britain not being fully involved in the Coalition to defeat Isil certainly means that things will prolong. Adam Ingram, a former Labour Armed Forces minister under Tony Blair, said that Mr Corbyn s opposition to bombing in Syria will split not only the Labour Party but a large part of the Labour supporting public because the vast majority of British people understand that we have to tackle evil when we see it . Lord Hutton, a former Labour defence secretary, branded Mr Corbyn s comments "at odds with the reality of today's world and "completely irresponsible" [3] . He said: "This is the old far-Left reasserting itself and I think those views are completely at odds with the modern world and where Britain needs to be." John Denham, former Labour Cabinet minister, said he was saddened by Mr Corbyn s comments and added: I am not a knee-jerk interventionist, as my Iraq vote shows but if you think back over the last 25 years it is not difficult to think of cases where it was the right thing to do." General Lord Dannatt, a former head of the British Army, said a Corbyn victory will make it much harder and far less likely for David Cameron to be able to get a vote for air intervention over Syria . Dan Jarvis MP, a former SAS officer, said: Anyone voting in the Labour leadership election would be well advised to think very carefully about which of the candidates is best placed to provide credible leadership in this vital area. There was also concern in Washington about Mr Corbyn s remarks. Kurt Volker, a former US ambassador to Nato, said: We need as much help in this as possible. It would be worrying if there was a Labour leader that kept Britain out of the mix. That would be a shame. James Stavridis, former US Navy Admiral and Supreme Commander of Nato forces in Europe, added: "The US counts on Great Britain to be a leading global security partner as it has been for so many decades -- in both Nato and coalition settings. Any policies that decrement the ability of the UK to continue in that role would diminish the deep special relationship that the two nations maintain." It came as the migrant crisis intensified [4] across Europe More than a 1,000 refugees stranded in Hungary took matters into their own hands on Friday and attempted to walk to Austria. Mr Cameron hit out at calls by European leaders for Britain to take quotas of migrants, saying they are encouraging people to make potentially lethal journeys. Meanwhile Vladimir Putin said Russia was providing serious training and logistical support to Bashar Assad s Syrian army, in the first public confirmation of the depth of Russia s involvement in the Syrian civil war. telegraph.co.uk [5] Follow @telegraphnews [6] References ^ leadership hustings on Thursday (www.telegraph.co.uk) ^ John McTernan: The Corbyn doctrine on war is a betrayal of Britain (www.telegraph.co.uk) ^ branded Mr Corbyn s comments "at odds with the reality of today's world and "completely irresponsible" (www.telegraph.co.uk) ^ migrant crisis intensified (www.telegraph.co.uk) ^ telegraph.co.uk (www.facebook.com) ^ Follow @telegraphnews (twitter.com) Continue reading

The Old & The New | With the British Army in Flanders

The old and the new. Bleriot & Hawk. A week on, and we paid our respects to those who died so tragically last weekend at Shoreham. Here s some shots of today s Wings & Wheels event at Dunsford: Replica 1909 Bleriot. Don t forget that Bleriots like this, and later variants, were in frequent use during the early years of the Great War, mainly for reconnaissance purposes, but also scoring a number of victories over the Germans in the hands of their French and British pilots. Behind you! Eurofighter Typhoon chases Spitfire. Note the decal on the vertical stabilizer at the back of this Hawk. The mighty Vulcan, soon to fly no more. The chance to look inside this wonderful Dakota (used at Arnhem and on D-Day, I was told, and still flying), was too good to miss. A lot of brave men sat in these seats in years gone by. Makes you think. B-25 Mitchell. And, of course, the Red Arrows. As spectacular as ever. The classic Cold War MiG-15. And finally, as we were leaving: Mustang and Spitfire. And all taken on the phone camera. Mustn t grumble. The blue and red umbrella? Sheer luck, I promise you. Continue reading

Soldier dies after incident at army barracks in Oxfordshire

The Ministry of Defence confirmed the death took place outside of training exercises. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian A soldier has died after an incident at a British army barracks, the Ministry of Defence [1] (MoD) has confirmed. The fatality occurred on Friday at St David s barracks in Bicester, Oxfordshire. It took place outside of training exercises and involved one individual, the MoD said. An internal military investigation is ongoing into the death of the soldier, who is believed to have been male and in his 20s. It is understood there were no suspicious circumstances. A spokesman for Thames Valley police said: Thames Valley police was contacted by South Central ambulance service at 11.52am after reports of an injured man at St David s barracks, London Road in Bicester. Officers attended the scene where a man was found to be in a critical condition. Despite attempts to resuscitate the man, he sadly died at the scene. The death, which is currently being investigated by Thames Valley police, is not believed, at this stage, to be suspicious nor involve a third party. The man is believed to be in his 20s. The soldier s next of kin are being informed. References ^ Ministry of Defence (www.theguardian.com) Continue reading