‘Bullying’ campaign wants to deselect Labour MPs who backed Syria strike action

A far left group is trying to get rid of Labour MPs who voted for air strikes in Syria.

Left Unity published a list of members who supported military action yesterday, with the words ‘deselect them now written underneath’.

The list has been shared widely on social media, with a lot of users taking the opportunity to criticise the MPs on it.

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'Bullying' campaign wants to deselect Labour MPs who backed Syria strike action
Andy Burnham is not happy (Picture: Getty Images)

But not everyone is pleased with the campaign.

Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham, who voted against air strikes, called on Mr Corbyn to show ‘no tolerance’ of abusive behaviour within the party and said a code of conduct was needed for members’ use of social media.

He was particularly disappointed with the treatment colleague Ann Coffey had received after voting for the strikes.

‘She has served Stockport, her constituents and our party for many years with distinction, and people need to have a look at themselves before they go around throwing threats at people like that,’ he told BBC2’s Victoria Derbyshire Show.

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Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in north London, as David Cameron seeks MPs' backing to launch British air strikes against Islamic State (IS) extremists in Syria. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday December 2, 2015. Bombing missions are likely to begin within days if the House delivers what he hopes will be a comfortable majority after Mr Corbyn abandoned attempts to impose his anti-war stance on the party and allowed a free vote. See PA story POLITICS Syria. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has warned against bullying (Picture: PA)

He added: ‘A firm line needs to be taken, a code of conduct around social media.

‘There cannot be abuse of members of Parliament by members of the Labour Party or supporters of the Labour Party. That isn’t the party I want to be in.

The Labour leader said yesterday bullying would not be accepted in his party.

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3 December 2015 | 2:11 pm – Source: metro.co.uk


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