My Guardian letter highlighting Hilary Benn’s strange turnaround on bombing Syria

I had this short letter published in the Guardian on 7 January 2016:

Has anyone got an explanation out of Hilary Benn for the interview he gave to the Independent on Sunday three weeks before his much-lauded pro-bombing speech to parliament in which the newspaper reported that the shadow foreign secretary “said that the government should drop plans for a new House of Commons vote authorising military attacks in Syria to concentrate on peace talks and providing humanitarian support for refugees”? The article went on to directly quote Mr Benn as saying the “terrible events in Paris” meant it was “even more important that we bring the Syrian civil war to an end” before considering air strikes on Isis.
Ian Sinclair


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