A Labour MP is calling on David Cameron to recall Parliament to discuss intervening in Iraq as concern spreads about a humanitarian crisis.
It comes after fighting broke out in Northern Iraq and thousands of members of the Yazidi sect remain trapped in mountains in need of rescue following an assault by ISIS.
Now, Blaydon MP Dave Anderson, who opposed Tony Blair’s 2003 decision to invade Iraq, is calling for the Prime Minister to recall the House of Commons for an urgent debate.
The Tory leader has so far resisted calls from other MPs but Mr Anderson believes taking action could save thousands of lives.
In an open letter to the PM, he said: “Today’s events are a sad re-run of history. I opposed the war led by Bush and Blair because it was fought on a false premise.
“However after visiting Kurdsitan and, also Baghdad in 2008, I am convinced that it would have been legitimate for the world to intervene in the eighties to prevent the horrific devastation that befell the Kurds and other minorities in Iraq.
“It is with this in mind that I feel we should recall parliament so that we can have an open and honest debate about what we as a sovereign nation should be doing to help an ally and save the lives of thousands of innocent people.”
The MP goes on to say a military intervention may not be necessary but implored Mr Cameron, who is currently enjoying a holiday in Portugal, to move on the issue.
The Labour MP said: “I welcome the sending of aid, and the use of military aircraft to do this. I am not certain that the time is right to intervene in a military way but we should, at least, be discussing this in the House of Commons. We can depend on the Peshmerga and with our support they may well be able to turn back the tidal wave threatening to engulf people who have more than their fair share of war.
“We can’t sit back at this crucial time. We need to fully discuss this between ourselves in the House and with our allies. With respect, I believe you also need the feedback from Parliament to help you to make the right decision.”
Should Parliament not be recalled it may be three weeks before MPs can discuss the issue but Downing Street has told newspapers a recall is “not on the cards”.