Area MPs split on Syria military action vote

MPs from our area were split on a vote over whether the UK should take military action in Syria

MPs from our area were split on a vote over whether the UK should take military action in Syria

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MPs from our area were split on last night’s vote in the House of Commons on whether the UK should take military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government to deter the use of chemical weapons.

Wellingborough MP Peter Bone voted in favour of the UK taking part in US-led strikes against the regime, while Corby MP Andy Sawford and Kettering MP Philip Hollobone both voted against.

The Government’s motion to take action was eventually defeated by 285 votes to 272.

During the debate, which lasted for more than seven hours, Peter Bone said: “Honourable Members are wrestling today with a very difficult issue.

“I find these occasions, when we have to decide what is morally right and whether or not we will kill people and whether, by killing them, we save other people in the long run, immensely difficult.

“The question is indeed what we should do to solve this exceptionally difficult problem, because just bombing will not solve it. There needs to be a disproportionate response.”

The prime minister’s call for a military response in Syria followed a suspected chemical weapons attack on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on 21 August, in which hundreds of people are reported to have died.

Conservative MP Mr Hollobone was one of 30 Tory MPs who voted against the Government’s motion.