Bexley MPs divided in Syria military intervention vote
PUBLISHED: 12:15 30 August 2013 | UPDATED: 13:51 30 August 2013
Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce voted against military action in Syria as she declared “we need prove of the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime.”
The Labour MP added that she thinks there should be action for peace rather than action for war, calling the situation in the war-torn Middle East country a no-win situation.
Conservatives James Brokenshire, for Old Bexley and Sidcup, and David Evennett, for Bexleyheath and Crayford, both voted in favour of military action last night.
The motion, which was narrowly defeated by a margin of just 13 votes, said the House of Commons “deplores” the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime and “agrees that a strong humanitarian response is required from the international community and that this may, if necessary, require military action”.
Although a further vote would have been needed, a yes vote would have paved the way for military intervention in Syria’s escalating civil war.
Ms Pearce added: “I’m not sure what use dropping bombs on Syria will have.
“Saying the Assad regime ‘probably’ used chemical weapons is not good enough. This has damaged David Cameron’s standing and I think a lot of MPs were voting against his leadership.”
Mr Brokenshire said: “The shocking pictures from Damascus of mass casualties and victims of the attack – including children - convulsing and struggling to breathe were horrific and utterly repugnant.
“Where there has been such a gross breach of international law, I don’t believe we can simply sit on our hands.
“This isn’t about Britain being an ‘international policeman’ or harking back to some bygone imperial view of the world. Rather, it is about preventing further immediate use of chemical weapons, providing direct humanitarian assistance and alleviating the suffering of innocent Syrian civilians. It is also about our own national security in deterring the potential use of chemical weapons by others in the future.”
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