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Wiltshire Tory leader is backed on vote
South West Wiltshire MP Dr Andrew Murrison went with the Government in supporting the Prime Minister’s call for a military response in Syria.
Parliament voted on UK military action following the suspected chemical weapons attack on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, with the Government motion defeated by 285-272, ruling out joining US-led strikes .
Dr Murrison said: “I supported the Government of course. As the Prime Minister has said, he noted the view of the Commons and will act accordingly. I don’t think his authority has been damaged.
“What we have seen is a Prime Minister who is willing to listen to concerns and reflect them. Too often in the past we have had political leaders who just carried on regardless, as I know in 2003 when I voted against the Iraq war.
“In this case we have seen a mature leader who has instigated this debate. People should be very pleased we have a leader who is prepared to act in this way.
“The USA has said it will continue to work closely with the UK. The UK is in special position in relation to the USA and I don’t anticipate that changing. People should be appalled by the pictures and images we are seeing from Syria and we await the United Nations’ inspection findings with a great deal of interest.” Chippenham LibDem MP Duncan Hames also voted with the Government and said its defeat reflected the great unease across the country about the situation in Syria.
“This is, of course, at least in part a consequence of the disastrous way Tony Blair led the country to war in Iraq,” he said.
“I fear that as things stand, Bashar Al-Assad and his regime will be emboldened to continue with impunity to wage war with their horrendous weapon of choice.”
North Wiltshire Tory MP James Gray voted against military action, while Devizes MP Claire Perry , another Conservative, also voted in favour of intervention.
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