MP remains tight-lipped over voting intentions
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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