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SNP anti-war motion fails (english)
16 Mar 2003
The Scottish Parliament has voted at the end of a three-hour debate against an anti-war motion tabled by the Scottish National Party.
Despite several speeches by rebel Labour MSPs against military action in the Middle East, a majority of MSPs backed a Labour amendment calling Saddam Hussein a "danger to the international community".

The motion put forward by SNP leader John Swinney was amended and carried by 68 votes to 53, with four abstentions.

But 57 MSPs supported a rebel amendment in the name of the Labour left-winger John McAllion which said the case for military action had not been proved.

Earlier, Mr Swinney told the chamber: "There is no UN mandate for military action in Iraq.

" There is more than a hint of political opportunism in the motion before us today "
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