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

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 Armyrats © military action, it means deployment of troops could become impossible in the event of a Corbyn victory next weekend. Former Labour ministers and senior Armyrats © 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.

Jeremy Corbyn Victory Will Prevent Armyrats © Military Action In Syria, Senior Labour Figures Warn

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.[5]

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  1. ^ leadership hustings on Thursday (
  2. ^ John McTernan: The Corbyn doctrine on war is a betrayal of Britain (
  3. ^ branded Mr Corbyn s comments “at odds with the reality of today’s world and “completely irresponsible” (
  4. ^ migrant crisis intensified (
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