Chartist editor Mike Davis has drafted a model motion for adoption by local Labour Parties and trade unions, opposing air strikes in Syria and supporting Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s call for a political settlement to the conflict.
The Chartist motion is set out below in full followed by the four conditions to be met before Labour could support bombing in Syria, as adopted by Labour Party conference in September.
Davis has also drafted a series of questions for anti-war Labour members to ask their MPs.
The Chartist website includes a recent article by Clive Lewis MP, shadow minster for Energy and Climate Change and an Afghanistan was veteran, who argues that “it is time to learn from the past and not make the same mistakes over Syria”.
The model motion:
Syria and terror attacks
This Party/branch expresses its sympathy with the victims, families and friends of those killed and injured in the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut and Turkey and on the Russian airbus. We condemn unreservedly these barbaric attacks.
We call on our leaders and MPs to oppose any British bombing or military attacks in Syria.
We believe this kind of intervention can only exacerbate an already violent situation and lead to the loss of more innocent lives.
We support the Labour leader’s call for a political settlement to the conflict and for an end to the supply of arms and equipment to states and companies supplying ISIS.
Further we call for a multi-lateral, UN endorsed approach consistent with international law to resolve the conflict in Syria.
The 2015 Labour Party conference agreed four conditions that need to be satisfied before military action could be supported:
- Clear and unambiguous authorisation from the United Nations
- A comprehensive EU-wide plan to provide humanitarian assistance to the consequent increase in the number of refugees.
- That bombing is exclusively directed at military targets directly associated with ‘ISIL’.
- That any military action is subordinated to international diplomatic efforts, including the main regional powers, to end the Syrian civil war.
More information about these conditions and the questions to MPs proposed by Chartist are here.