The decision to Bomb IS in Iraq made yesterday during the debate in the House of Commons led to one small impact within Westminster itself. Because the Labour Party decided to back the action proposed by the coalition, Rushnara Ali MP for Bethnal Green and Bow and shadow education Minister felt obliged to resign her shadow post because she felt unable to support the party position, and instead she abstained from the vote. She was not alone with a number in most parties who voted against this action or abstained.
If this had been a vote to reintroduce hanging to our own judicial system, a scenario in which the State could put to death men and possibly women who had broken our laws and whose crimes were considered most serious, tradition would have suggested that all Parties would have given their members a free vote. In the case of yesterdays vote the vote was to allow the RAF to kill men and women without any trial or process beyond that of them being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Whatever the rights and wrongs of this decision it seems strange that our three main political parties have required their front benches to vote in a particular way nature or resign. This seems very odd and inconsistent when compared to the approach which might have been expected had this been a vote on the death penalty.