LATEST: Middlewich MP votes 'with her conscience' against government's Syria motion (From Knutsford Guardian)
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LATEST: Middlewich MP votes 'with her conscience' against government's Syria motion
THE MP for Holmes Chapel, Goostrey and Cranage last night was one of 30 Conservative MPs to vote against the government's motion to take action in Syria.
David Cameron yesterday recalled MPs from their summer holidays to vote on a motion to whether take action in Syria following the suspected use of chemical weapons by its President Bashar Al-Assad on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on August 21.
Hundreds of people are reported to have died.
Speaking on Friday, Fiona Bruce MP said she voted with her conscience and took into consideration the views of her constituents when making the decision.
She added: "I also listened carefully to the debate in the House, but there were too many unanswered questions – What does a good outcome look like and how can it be achieved? What is the risk of collateral damage? What is the risk of the conflict escalating across an even wider region?
"We simply do not know what repercussions may result from a military intervention in Syria – and I do not want to see our servicemen and women drawn into another Iraq or Afghanistan."
The chamber voted at 10.30pm on Thursday night for the motion, which 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'.
It said any such action would be 'legal, proportionate and focused on saving lives by preventing and deterring further use of Syria's chemical weapons'.
But the motion was defeated by 285 votes to 272.
And one of those 285 - which also included 39 coalition MPs - was Mrs Bruce.
Mrs Bruce added: "We are not ‘standing idly by’ whilst people suffer in Syria – we have provided over £300m of humanitarian aid and this is continuing – that I fully support.”
Chancellor George Osborne - and Tatton MP - told BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Friday morning there would be 'national soul searching about our role in the world'.
"I hope this doesn't become a moment when we turn our back on all of the world's problems," he added.
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