Bracknell MP Phillip Lee rebels over Syria
Published: 30 Aug 2013 09:300 comments
The debate in the House of Commons was prompted by allegations that Bashar al Assad's regime launched a chemical attack near Damascus last week, killing up to 1,300 people. The claims are being investigated by United Nations weapons inspectors.
The Coalition Government's motion supporting military action in Syria if it was backed up by evidence from the UN inspectors was defeated by 285 votes to 272.
The defeat was a damaging blow for David Cameron's government but the
Prime Minister said he would respect the Commons vote and he ruled out joining any US-led strikes.
Wokingham MP John Redwood and Windsor MP Adam Afriyie, whose constituency includes Ascot and Binfield, had spoken out against military involvement in the Syrian civil war before the debate but did not vote in the Commons debate.
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