Celebrities and MPs sign Don’t Bomb Syria open letter

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(London Post – PR) Singer Charlotte Church, actor Mark Rylance, musicians Brian Eno and John Williams, writers Michael Rosen and David Edgar, MPs Clive Lewis, Richard Burgon and Caroline Lucas, are among the many signatories to the open letter below condemning David Cameron for cynically using the refugee crisis to urge more war in Syria.

We are gravely concerned at the possibility of a parliamentary decision to bomb Syria. David Cameron is planning such a vote in the House of Commons in the near future. He is doing so in the face of much evidence that such an action would exacerbate the situation it is supposed to solve. Already we have seen the killing of civilians and the exacerbation of a refugee crisis which is largely the product of wars in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan.

The US and its allies have dropped 20,000 bombs on Iraq and Syria in the past year, with little effect. We fear that this latest extension of war will only worsen the threat of terrorism, as have the previous wars involving the British government. Cameron is cynically using the refugee crisis to urge more war. He should not be allowed to.

Signed: Mark Rylance, Charlotte Church, John Williams, Mairead Maguire Nobel peace laureate, Brian Eno, Len McCluskey General secretary, Unite the Union, Christine Shawcroft Labour NEC, Diane Abbott MP, Clive Lewis MP, Jenny Tonge, Caroline Lucas MP, Andrew Murray Chair, Stop the War Campaign, Lindsey German Convenor, STWC, Kate Hudson CND, Tariq Ali, John Pilger, Tim Lezard, David Edgar, Alan Gibbons, Andy de la Tour, Michael Rosen, Francesca Martinez, Eugene Skeef, Victoria Brittain, Anders Lustgarten, David Gentleman, David Swanson, Gerry Grehan Peace People Belfast

Clive Lewis and Diane Abbott are among the MPs speaking at the Labour Party Conference meeting: Don’t Bomb Syria, on Sunday 27 September, 5pm, Old Ship Hotel, Gresham Suite Kings Road, Brighton BN1 1NR

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