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MP backs PM's Syrian motion
7:20am Sunday 8th September 2013 in News
CHELMSFORD’S MP voted for the Prime Minister’s motion over action in Syria.
Simon Burns was not one of the 39 MPs from the ruling coalition who rebelled against David Cameron when a vote was taken in the House of Commons on Thursday night.
Parliament was recalled after the crisis which has hit the Middle Eastern nation and involved a suspected chemical weapons att-ack on the outskirts of the capital city Damascus.
Cameron put forward a motion to support military strikes if backed up by UN weapons inspectors against President Bashar al-Assad’s government.
However, the vote went against him by 285 to 272.
Speaking afterwards, Mr Burns said he felt the motion would have sent out the right message if it had succeeded.
The Tory MP said: “The reason why I voted for the Government motion was because it condemned the use of chemical weapons.
“It called for working with the UN to find a proportionate response to the attack and it gave a commitment that no military action would be taken, if the international community decided to take action, without a further vote in the Commons to seek to approve such action.
“The situation in Syria is a mess and it is unforgivable that all international laws were broken by using chemical weapons.
“But as a result of the votes in the Commons, Britain will not be joining any other nation in taking any military action to seek to remove the chemical weapons if the international community adopts such a course of action.”
Another vote could be taken by MPs in the future over the crisis if the government decides it necessary to do so.
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