MP de­fends Syria vote

Macclesfield Express - - CORE FIT ROW -

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

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