Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry has told the Banbury Guardian why he backed the Government on last night’s motion on the principle on military action to protect Syrian civilians.
The Government lost the motion by 272 votes for to 285 votes against after 30 Conservative MPs voted against David Cameron, with 33 abstaining. The vote means that at the moment there will be no British military involvement in the Syrian civil war.
Sir Tony said: “There are certain actions or crimes which are so heinous that they cannot be tolerated by the international committee.
We have to have international law if tyrants commit war crimes and crimes against humanity - they simply can’t be allowed to prosper. If a state fails to protect its citizens, or deliberately harms its citizens, it is down to the international committee to take action.
“I’m just sad that I fear Parliament has given comfort to tyrants around the world and the fact is that the shadow of Iraq hung over the House of Commons because Tony Blair took us to war over a lie.”
Please see Thursday’s Banbury Guardian for more on the issue.