Graham calls on the Prime Minister: “Let Parliament debate action in Syria”

Posted on 27 August 2013 (Permalink)
Graham Allen has today successfully completed a campaign among MP’s as a part of putting pressure on the Prime Minister to recall parliament to debate and vote on military action in Syria.

Graham gathered the support of over 70 MPs in the last few days including 10 Select Committee Chairs , all demanding that Parliament has its say in this vital decision.

After this show of support from MPs from all parties, the Government announced this afternoon that Parliament will be recalled to debate and vote on action in Syria.

Graham has now started a campaign to ensure Parliament has the right to hold a debate before there is ANY British commitment to military action in the future.

Ten years ago in 2003 Graham successfully coordinated the efforts to recall parliament to debate the Iraq war, putting significant pressure on then Prime Minister Tony Blair to consult Parliament before committing British troops to military action.

Graham says “Once again after a struggle the Prime Minister of the day has given Parliament the gift of a debate before committing to military action. However this should be Parliament’s right, we shouldn’t have to be rallying together to pressure the Prime Minister to allow us this right. This was a problem ten years ago and it is beyond belief that we are still fighting for this right today”.

The new EDM “This House believes that Parliament should, as of right, normally hold a debate before any British commitment to military action ” has currently been signed by the following MPs:

Tim Yeo
Graham Stuart
Alan Beith
Hywel Francis
Douglass carswell
David Wright
Paul Flynn
Michael Weir
John Leech
John Hemming
Kate Hoey
Diane Abbott
Grahame Morris
Katy Clark
Alex Cunningham
Steve McCabe
Graham Stringer
John Robertson
David Amess
David Ward
Bob Blackman