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Wyre Forest MP votes with Government on Syria
WYRE Forest’s MP was not one of the rebels who voted against the Government’s defeated motion on possible military intervention in Syria.
Conservative Mark Garnier in Parliament yesterday voted for the motion which, in the end, was rejected by 285 votes to 272 - a majority of 13.
The proposal was to back the use of force “if necessary” in response to last week’s chemical weapons attack which is reported to have killed more than 300 people.
It means UK involvement in military action against Syria has now been ruled out.
Justifying his decision, Mr Garnier told The Shuttle he felt it was “right that we as a sophisticated nation with resources will step in to help with humanitarian aid, including in the case of war”.
He added: “The Americans and French and some others will take action. Britain will have no further involvement.
“I am pleased that something will be done and accept fully the decision Parliament has made to abstain from the action but should I be asked again if I think we should take action to prevent deliberate persecution of innocents, then I would say yes.”
About 30 Tory rebels joined nine Liberal Democrats and 220 Labour MPs who voted against the motion, a decision which has sparked a fierce political debate in Britain and across the world.
Following the vote, US president Barack Obama said his country would continue to seek a coalition for military intervention, with French president Francois Hollande saying he was still ready take action in Syria alongside the Americans.
Prime Minister David Cameron, who said it was “important to listen to Parliament’s decision”, added the UK must continue to have a “robust response to the use of chemical weapons”.
Mr Garnier has explained in full his decision to vote with the Government motion in a special View from Westminster column - which can be read here.
Click here for an exclusive article from the MP following the marathon debate in the House.
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