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ESCALATION OF WAR IN IRAQ AND VIETNAM

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1755: tabled on 18 October 2004

Tabled in the 2003-04 session.

This motion has been signed by 24 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House recalls that the last time an American administration put pressure on a British Labour government to provide troops to back the United States' plans to escalate an ill-judged war was in 1970 over Vietnam; remembers that this House debated the request on 5th May 1970, on a motion proposed by a former leader of the Labour party, the then honourable Member for Ebbw Vale. Michael Foot, who put the argument that day that the escalating events can have the gravest consequences for us all; notes that he pleaded that in his opinion it was 'sheer despair for people to say that nothing that we can do or say can have much influence on such distant occurrences and keep our mouths shut, and possibly keep our eyes closed as well', Official Report, 5th May 1970, column 208; agrees with his prediction that 'the military machine of the United States can create a wilderness and desolation, but it can never win a victory in Vietnam', Official Report, 5th May 1970, column 214; and therefore calls upon the Prime Minister to follow his predecessor's example from 34 years ago and refuse to co-operate with American plans to escalate this immoral and illegal war in its planned siege of Fallujah.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.