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Garnier considers Syria military response
WYRE Forest’s MP says he would support British military intervention in Syria if it were in response to the humanitarian crisis in the country.
Conservative Mark Garnier said he would listen to the debate during today’s emergency session of Parliament when MPs will discuss whether the UK should send its armed forces into the country, which is fighting a civil war.
Politicians were called back to Westminster early from their summer break as prime minister David Cameron looks to respond to the Syrian Government’s alleged use of chemical weapons, which reportedly killed 300 people on Wednesday last week.
Mr Cameron has not yet fully laid out his plans but said any action taken would be “legal” and “proportionate”.
Mr Garnier said: “I want to listen to the debate but if it is because there is a humanitarian crisis I would support British intervention in Syria. What has happened is something in my heart I feel we should be dealing with.
“If you are talking about regime change, that is a mistake. We intervene with other people’s politics at our peril and ultimately we could get it wrong.
“This type of thing is always hard and it is not my area of speciality. For MPs like me, we need to listen to people and form a view based on people who know a lot more about this.”
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has said the Coalition Government was not considering a regime change, toppling Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s regime or settling Syria’s civil war.
Mr Garnier added, as an MP, sending British forces into harm’s way was “the biggest decision to make”.
“You really do know what a serious decision you are making,” he added.
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