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Government's call for military action on Syria splits Halton's MPs
THE Prime Minister’s call for military action in Syria following a suspected chemical weapons attack has split Halton’s two MPs.
Conservative Graham Evans supported David Cameron’s quest to join a US-led strike, if it was backed up by evidence from United Nations weapins inspectors, whilst Labour’s Derek Twigg voted against the motion The Government was defeated by 285-272 after MPs were summoned back from their holidays to debate the conflict on August 29.
The Mr Evans said: “The use of chemical warfare on thousands of innocent civilians - men, women and children - is reprehensible and a war crime.
“As a father, I was horrified to watch evidence of the use of chemical weapons on children and believe that there are times when, as a nation, we should stand up for our principles.
“The motion reflected the desire for a consensual basis, taking account of the work done by weapons inspectors and respected the Prime Minister’s respect for the UN process.”
He believes new intelligence and the forthcoming report by UN weapons inspectors could strengthen the case for intervention.
Mr Twigg said: “I couldn’t support it because the Government didn’t set out a clear strategy or objectives about what we would do after the strike.
“It is appalling what is happening to children and their families, with people being blown up every day.”
He said the Government failed to give any reassurance about any implications the military attacks could trigger.
He added: “They didn’t explain what the consequences could be of any retaliation from elsewhere, an extreme case scenario.
“The UN needs to get its act together.
“I listened to the views of my constituents. Everyone who contacted me was opposed to this and did not feel we should get involved.
“We have had massive defence cuts imposed by the Government which is putting pressure on Afghanistan.”
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