Hilary Benn's critics shouldn't presume to know better than family

A crowded Commons after MPs backed airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria. Picture by Press Association
The recent vote over air strikes in Syria at Westminster has stirred up some strong feelings on either side of the debate. It’s not really surprising, as no-one should take a decision to go to war lightly. There is little doubt that Labour’s shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn, son of left wing icon Tony Benn, made a stirring and emotive speech which may have tipped more Labour MPs into the government lobby than had been expected. That Hilary Benn makes for an unlikely hero of the hour is an understatement. He has the appearance of an Oxford don. The speech won applause f[...]

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