Hilary Benn: Leeds MP challenged over airstrikes

PROTEST: Hilary Benn MP talks to campaigners who attended his constituency surgery on Saturday. PIC: Guzelian
PROTEST: Hilary Benn MP talks to campaigners who attended his constituency surgery on Saturday. PIC: Guzelian
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Anti-waR campaigners challenged Hilary Benn over his backing for airstrikes in Syria.

The Shadow Foreign Secretary came out to speak to around 40 people, including members of Leeds Coalition Against The War at a constituency surgery in Beeston, on Saturday.

It came after RAF fighter jets targeted another Syrian oilfield during a second combat sortie from the British base in Cyprus.

The Leeds Central MP won plaudits for his impassioned speech last week in favour of war. But campaigners said he had ignored hundreds of people who had implored him not to help take the UK into a fourth war in 14 years. A recent YouGov poll suggests 48 per cent of voters back airstrikes.

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