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Worcestershire MPs head to Parliament for Syria crisis vote
WORCESTERSHIRE MPs travel to London this morning to vote on what the UK’s response should be to the Syrian conflict.
Parliament has been recalled from its summer break a week early to discuss the worrying developments in the Middle East.
Matters came to a head following a suspected chemical attack near Damascus last week, resulting in the death of more than 300 people, including children.
The House of Commons will host the eight-hour debate on whether the UK should intervene, although county MPs say they are unsure how to vote, with one saying he has received more calls about badger culling than the Syria crisis.
“I have deep reservations about intervention but I am prepared to be persuaded,” said Mid-Worcestershire MP, Peter Luff.
“Is chucking in a couple of cruise missiles the answer?
“I think any intervention could be counter-productive. I’d need to be persuaded that some sort of limited strike would help the people of Syria.”
In terms of the risk to innocent civilians he said he thinks armed forces could go for “discreet military targets”.
“No more than about ten constituents have contacted me; all being against it (military intervention),” added Mr Luff.
“I’ve had more calls about badgers.”
Meanwhile, Worcester MP Robin Walker says he is “quite sceptical” how intervention would help.
“I am very concerned about the situation and I have already heard from a range of constituents, some arguing against any intervention and some arguing that we need to do more to protect civilians,” he said.
“I am quite sceptical about how any military intervention can help to improve the situation at this stage and if I get the chance to speak today (Thursday) I would raise the concerns of constituents, but until we know exactly what is being suggested I cannot commit to how I will be voting.
“I am pleased that Parliament is being properly consulted though, that has to be the right approach.”
Speaking about the Syrian situation, UK prime minister David Cameron said yesterday (Wednesday): “It’s about chemical weapons. Their use is wrong and the world should not stand idly by.”
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