Labour Party division over Syria worsens

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Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, is facing mounting criticism over his handling of the Syrian airstrikes question. For the first time a number of Labour MPs have called on Corbyn to stand down as party leader.

John Spellar, the Labour MP for Warley, said:

“It is no good just saying ‘this number of people voted for me as though this takes a trick in every discussion. These issues need to be discussed properly. This is not the way to go about behaving, to walk out of a meeting and… to try and do a lightning strike and a coup against your shadow cabinet. It is pretty extraordinary behaviour”.

A number of Labour MPs have also said that Jeremy Corbyn should consider his resignation. Fiona MacTaggart, the Labour MP for Slough, said that his leadership was “unsustainable”. John Spellar added “If anyone should resign after this incident, it should be Jeremy Corbyn”. Frank Field, the Labour MP for Birkenhead, has said that the party “should consider an alternative leader”.