North Northamptonshire MPs cast their vote on Syrian air strikes motion

Philip Hollobone, Peter Bone and Tom Pursglove all cast their vote on the Syrian air strikes last night.
Philip Hollobone, Peter Bone and Tom Pursglove all cast their vote on the Syrian air strikes last night.

MPs across the north of the county cast their vote in the House of Commons last night (Wednesday) as the Government decided to join air strikes against so-called Islamic State militants in Syria.

After a 10 hour debate, the motion was passed by a majority of 397 to 223.

MP for Kettering Philip Hollobone was among seven Conservatives who voted against the decision, while MP for Wellingborough Peter Bone and MP for Corby and East Northants Tom Pursglove backed the motion.

Mr Pursglove took to social media to explain his decision.

A Facebook post read: “Quite simply, I believe it is in our national interest to do what we can to remove ISIL from Syria.

“ISIL has attacked Ankara, Beirut and, of course, Paris, as well as likely blowing up a Russian plane with 224 people on board.

“It has already taken the lives of British hostages and inspired the worst terrorist attack against British people since 7/7, on the beaches of Tunisia, and it has repeatedly tried to attack us right here in Britain.

“In the last twelve months alone, our police and security services have disrupted no fewer than seven terrorist plots to attack the UK - every one of which was either linked to ISIL, or inspired by its propaganda.

“Consequently, I am in no doubt that it is in our national interest for action to be taken to stop it - and stopping it means taking action in Syria, because Raqqa is its headquarters and it is from here that ISIL’s international activities are coordinated.”

The Green Party representative for Kettering Rob Reeves has condemned the Government’s decision to carry out the bombing as he believes those who voted for it will ‘live to regret it’.

He said: “I think it will be a real mistake that we will end up regretting for years to come.

“Rather than increasing our safety here in Britain I believe it will have an adverse effect, feeding the IS propaganda against the west whilst killing innocent civilians.

“A simplistic, knee-jerk reaction is not the way to solve a such complex problem.

“In a time when we are being told the country needs to tighten its belts, we always seem to have enough money for war.

“In a time when we are told we cannot take any more refugees, the same people are hellbent on creating more.”

Prime Minister David Cameron argued that action against IS would be the only way to keep Britain ‘safe’, whilst Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said there was not enough evidence to justify war.