MP defends Syria vote
MP David Rutley has defended his decision to vote for air strikes in Syria.
The Conservative MP was one of 397 MPs to vote in favour of extending air strikes from Iraq to carry out attacks on Islamic State targets in Syria, after a day long debate in the House of Commons. There were 223 MPs who voted against action in Syria, including seven Conservatives.
It came after David Cameron called on MPs to support air strikes because he said Islamic State poses a terror threat to British people. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called instead for a political settlement to end the conflict and warned of civilian deaths.
RAF Tornado jets carried out bombing runs within hours of the vote.
MP David Rutley said: “I recognise there are principled views on both sides of the very important debate.
“Deciding how to vote on the issue was not easy.
“However as a result of the wider strategy set out by the Prime Minister including ongoing discussions of a political settlement and commitment to helping to fund post conflict reconstruction, and the clear and present threat posed by Isil Daesh I voted in favour of extending air strikes.”
●● Macclesfield MP David Rutley