Local MP’s split over military action in Syria
Slough’s local newspapers reveal that the town’s MPs were united over British military action against Syria – but Colnbrook’s MP Adam Afriyie did not actually vote.
MPs narrowly rejected possible UK military action against the Syrian government in the vote with 285 voting against and 272 in favour.
Slough Labour MP Fiona Mactaggart also voted against the proposal. She said:
“Neither the Prime Minister or any other speaker who argued for a military strike was able to set out how that action will stop Assad. Instead it would risk the lives of many more people.”
In a statement on his website, Mr Afriyie described his ‘revulsion’ at the Syrian attack but said:
“I believe it is premature to mandate actions or conduct UK military strikes against Syria before the investigations are complete.”
When asked by the Observer why he was absent from the debate, a spokesman for Mr Afriyie said:
“Mr Afriyie felt that he could not support premature attribution.”
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