MPs back Syria air strikes

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BEA­CONS­FIELD MP Do­minic Grieve has spo­ken out on Syria af­ter par­lia­ment voted in favour to ex­tend air strikes to the war torn coun­try last week.

Mr Grieve backed Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron in ex­tend­ing mil­i­tary ac­tion to the re­gion and said the re­sult had left him ‘pleased’.

MPs voted on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 3 to join US-led coali­tion air strikes fol­low­ing a marathon 10-and-a-half-hour de­bate.

A ma­jor­ity of 174 voted in favour of ac­tion – 397 for, 223 against.

Mr Grieve said he voted in favour in or­der to counter the threat posed by ex­trem­ist ter­ror­ist group, the so-called Is­lamic State.

How­ever, Mr Grieve did ad­mit that diplo­matic ac­tion will even­tu­ally be needed to bring about ‘a last­ing peace’.

He said: “I voted in favour of ex­tend­ing Bri­tish mil­i­tary ac­tion to Syria and am pleased with the re­sult. Al­though diplo­matic ac­tion will be needed to bring a last­ing peace to Syria and Iraq, we can­not ig­nore the threat of Daesh/ ISIS. Air ac­tion in Iraq has been suc­cess­ful in con­tain­ing Daesh/ISIS ac­tiv­ity in Iraq and we need to work with coali­tion part­ners to do the same in Syria.”

The first wave of raids hap­pened within an hour of the vote, with two RAF Tor­nado planes tak­ing off from their base in Cyprus.

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