Jamie McMahon, Labour parliamentary candidate for North West Leicestershire, has condemned Andrew Bridgen, the Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire, for using an emergency Parliamentary debate on Britain’s involvement in air strikes in Iraq for Party political point scoring.
In today’s House of Commons debate on whether Britain should engage in air strikes in Iraq Andrew Bridgen MP interrupted Ed Miliband’s speech to ask:
“Does he agree with me that this government has a moral obligation to help the Iraqi people in their hour of need? An obligation that, like the deficit, this Government did not create but this Government has got to deal with.”
Labour parliamentary candidate Jamie McMahon said:
“Thousands of people are being killed in Iraq by Islamic State (ISIL), British hostages, including aid workers, are being held, hostages are being beheaded and our national security is being put at risk. Labour is supporting the Government in conducting air strikes in Iraq to tackle ISIL and this kind of petty partisan politics from our local Tory MP is simply unacceptable.”
“It's never an easy decision to make to put our Armed Forces in to theatre. We are incredibly grateful to them and their families for their service to our country. I hope our local Tory MP regrets his partisan political point scoring on an issue as important as this.”
The video of Andrew Bridgen’s comments can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ3e3OZR67Q