Labour Discontent As 100 MPs Abstain From Party’s Own Vote On Yemen Civil War

Ahead of the vote, Labour MP John Woodcock warned of needing to balance the need to “champion measures that could genuinely ease this horrendous situation” against those that “fall in with anti-West posturing that would have a tragic, opposite effect”.

In the Commons, he said the coalition is focused on training Saudis to be better able to be in compliance with international humanitarian law.

He said withdrawing support for the coalition would “make it very hard for many of us to vote for” the motion.

Labour’s Toby Perkins said: “There is much in the motion that I agree with, but I fear it is ultimately undermined by the abandonment of our commitment to the UN Security Council resolution, and I fear that while it may make us feel better, it will not make the situation on the ground better.”

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson rejected calls for an end to arms sales to Saudi Arabia, warning it would  “at a stroke eliminate this country’s positive ability to exercise our moderating, diplomatic and political influence on a crisis where there are massive UK interests at stake”.

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