May de­fends Syria strikes

Yorkshire Post - - FRONT PAGE -

THERESA MAY yes­ter­day de­fended her de­ci­sion to launch air strikes on Syria with­out MPs’ ap­proval.

The Prime Min­is­ter’s was crit­i­cised by Tory and Labour MPs who wanted a vote be­fore mil­i­tary ac­tion at the week­end.

But Mrs May said UK forces se­cu­rity could have been put at risk by a de­lay.

“The speed with which we acted was es­sen­tial in co­op­er­at­ing with our part­ners to al­le­vi­ate fur­ther hu­man­i­tar­ian suf­fer­ing and to main­tain the vital se­cu­rity of our op­er­a­tions,” she said.

The de­ci­sion re­quired the eval­u­a­tion of in­tel­li­gence “much of which was of a na­ture that could not be shared with Par­lia­ment”.

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