MP re­mains tight-lipped over vot­ing in­ten­tions

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Strat­ton Wil­liams

Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West MP Mar­garet Fer­rier has not de­clared her vot­ing in­ten­tions on the is­sue of air strikes against Is­lamic State of Iraq and the Le­vant (ISIL) in Syria.

Ms Fer­rier says that the SNP’s West­min­ster team is united in be­liev­ing that UN-spon­sored diplo­mat­icc ef­forts are the way to gain the in­ter­na­tional con­cen­sus re­quired to bring this con­flict to a res­o­lu­tion.

And she added: “We have been will­ing to lis­ten to the prime min­is­ter. How­ever, we do not be­lieve the case to ini­ti­ate airstrikes has been made.

“At this time I have not per­son­ally seen the Gov­ern­ment’s mo­tion on the mat­ter, and can­not com­ment fur­ther on my vot­ing in­ten­tions.

“The SNP lead­er­ship will make a de­ci­sion whether or not to whip the vote, when it has been able to as­sess the Gov­ern­ment’s pub­lished mo­tion.

“The SNP pre­vi­ously voted against the on­go­ing air-strikes in Iraq and al­though they have been con­tin­u­ing, Daesh seems to be grow­ing.

“We must learn lessons from the mis­takes that have been made in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.”

Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron will stage a Com­mons vote to­day (Wed­nes­day) on whether to ex­tend UK airstrikes against Is­lamic State tar­gets to Syria.

It could mean that RAF crews could be bomb­ing ISIL head­quar­ters in Raqqa by the end of the week.

The prime min­is­ter was fi­nally freed to take the mil­i­tary step he has wanted since last sum­mer af­ter the Labour leader, Jeremy Cor­byn, agreed at a bit­ter shadow cab­i­net meet­ing on Mon­day to give his MPs a free vote on the is­sue.

About 60 Labour MPs sup­port airstrikes, enough to en­sure the prime min­is­ter has a Com­mons ma­jor­ity of more than 100.

Mr Cameron added: “The de­ci­sion to take mil­i­tary ac­tion is one of the most se­ri­ous a prime min­is­ter can make.”

We must learn lessons from the mis­takes that have been made in Iraq, Afghanistan and Ly­bia

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