Following the prime minister’s statement in the Commons today (Thursday) where he called for air strikes on Syria, Len McCluskey, the leader of Unite, the biggest union in the UK and Ireland, said: “The prime minister has failed to make a case for bombing Syria today.
“First, it is undeniable that bombing will cause more civilian deaths in Syria and drive more people from their homeland as refugees.
“Second, absent any plan for supporting ground military action against Islamic State by those already fighting it, it will do little to eliminate IS barbarism from Syria.
“Third, he has failed to assuage doubts about the legality of military action, as Labour party policy requires.
“I believe that no Labour MP should be conned or browbeaten into supporting this incoherent plan, which threatens to involve Britain in its fourth war this century.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 or Pauline Doyle on 07976 832861.
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.