Clause 8 — Desertion

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 4:15 pm on 22nd May 2006.

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Photo of Harry Cohen Harry Cohen Labour, Leyton and Wanstead 4:15 pm, 22nd May 2006

I accept that, but many people are effectively "deserting" when they are in this country and do not wish to go on another tour of duty in Iraq because of the unfolding circumstances, in which they have witnessed some of the atrocities, which have certainly been against the law, and seen the Attorney-General's statements to the Cabinet, which were revealed bit by bit. It is not unreasonable for people, such as Flight Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith, who went on an earlier tour, to say, "I've looked at what happened since and I don't support it."