MPs back Syria air strikes
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.