Saturday, 27 September 2014

Iraq Vote shows need for a Progressive Aliance.



THE MPS WHO VOTED AGAINST WAR

Labour:

Diane Abbott

Graham Allen

Anne Begg

Ronnie Campbell

Martin Caton

Katy Clark

Ian Davidson

Paul Flynn

Stephen Hepburn

Kate Hoey

Kelvin Hopkins

Sian James

Mark Lazraowicz

John Mc Donnell

Iain McKenzie

Austin Mitchell

Grahame Morris

George Mudie

Linda Riordan

Barry Sheerman

Dennis Skinner

Graham Stringer

Mike wood

Jeremy Corbyn

Plus: Rushanara Ali (Formal abstention)

Conservative:

Richard Bacon

John Baron

Gordon Henderson

Adam Holloway

Nigel Mills
Mark Reckles
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Lib Dems:

Julian Huppert


SDLP:

Mark Durkan

Alasdair McDonnell

Margaret Ritchie

Plaid Cymru:

Jonathan Edwards

Hywel Williams

Respect:

George Gallway

SNP:

Stewart Hosie

Angus Roberton

Mike Weir

Eilidh Whiteford

Angus Brendan McNeill

Pete Wishart


Green:

Caroline Lucas

I believe Plaid's Elfyn Llawyd was absent  whilst one of the SNP MPs acted as teller.

Naturally the Media concentrated on "Gorgeous George" Galloway and it would be  nice for us to see the more thoughtful contribution from the Plaid anad SNP Benches..

The Medias also kept referring to those who voted No to bombing as "Rebels" but only Labour,Tories and Liberal Democrats were such . The others were reflecting Party policy.

But once again Plaid, SNP Green and SDLP prove the need for closer cooperation  between themselves and as I have argued before it would be advantageous for this to be more formal.

In particular it is surely time for the SDLP to break its pact with UK Labour and join in Progressive Nation list/Green alliance

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