Corbyn writes to Cameron to demand two-day debate on Syria

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn has today called on David Cameron to allow a two-day Commons debate on proposed intervention in Syria.

The Labour leader is currently discussing Labour’s position on airstrikes against ISIS in a Shadow Cabinet meeting, with sources suggesting he has offered a free vote, but with the party taking an official stance against intervention.

You can read Corbyn’s full letter to the Prime Minister here:

Dear David

As of this morning we have not had a clear proposal from the government on when you plan to bring forward a motion to the House on air strikes in Syria or on arrangements for the debate. 

In the view of the Opposition on a matter of such critical importance there must be full and adequate time for any debate in the House and only a full two day debate would ensure time for all Members who wish to participate to be able to do so. 

As has happened previously a one day debate would inevitably lead to important contributions being curtailed. It is incumbent on us all to ensure the country feels there has been the fullest parliamentary discussion of what you have rightly described as a highly complex situation. In addition the debate would be much better informed by views from the Foreign Affairs and Defence Select Committees following your recent statements. 

Please can you provide an assurance that any proposal the government brings forward will be on the basis that there will be a two day debate in the House of Commons. 

Yours sincerely

Jeremy Corbyn MP

Leader of the Opposition

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