Matthew Parris Matthew Parris

Must MPs always vote before we go to war?

I don't agree with Jesse Norman's arguments about the Commons and the military. But the question he raises deserves more than a pat, pious response

Jesse Norman was permitted three minutes for his speech to the Commons in last Friday’s debate. But the contribution from the Conservative MP for Hereford & South Herefordshire was one of the more important backbench interventions — and no less important for being wide of the debate’s focus.
The House was being invited to support British intervention against the Islamic State.

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