What YOUR MP had to say about how they voted in the Syrian air strike debate

Prime Minister David Cameron makes a statement to MPs in the House of Commons where he is setting out his case for the extension of RAF airstrikes from Iraq into Syria. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 26, 2015. See PA story POLITICS Syria. Photo credit should read: PA Wire
Prime Minister David Cameron makes a statement to MPs in the House of Commons where he is setting out his case for the extension of RAF airstrikes from Iraq into Syria. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 26, 2015. See PA story POLITICS Syria. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

MPs have been explaining their decisions on the crucial Commons vote which has given the green light to British air strikes in Syria.

This is what they had to say:

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins slammed the proposals and thanked the House of Lords for standing in the way.

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins slammed the proposals and thanked the House of Lords for standing in the way.

Dennis Skinner MP - Labour MP for Bolsover (AGAINST): “Isn’t it essential in any prelude to a war to be sure of your allies and to be sure of your objectives. Isn’t it a fact that Turkey has been buying oil from Isil and they use Turkey’s trucks to store it.

“They have been bombing the Kurds and the Kurds are fighting Isil, they shot down a Russian jet even though Russia is looking to fight Isil. He (David Cameron) has got an agenda to get rid of Assad, a Russian Allie, which has got the opposite objective.

“What a crazy war! Enemies to the right of us, enemies to the left of us. Keep out!”

Toby Perkins MP - Labour MP for Chesterfield (AGAINST): “I have concluded that I am not yet convinced of the case that the Prime Minister has made that extending air strikes to Syria. The two key objections that I have been unable to satisfactorily overcome in my mind, are:

Natascha Engel

Natascha Engel

“That the ground forces (claimed to number as many as 70,000) who are crucial to consolidate gains by aerial bombardment, are unreliable, hugely disparate and have changing allegiances, most of whom would rather fight Assad than ISIL at the moment. And;

“That the political transition is anything like advanced enough or that airstrikes on ISIL alone will support rather than cause to falter that process.

“The Government hope that by embarking upon a process of political transition started by 19 countries including Jordan, Iran, Russia and China, they can end the civil war and persuade the ground forces to join the campaign against ISIL. If that political process continues from the current small but encouraging steps then I am much more likely in the future to be persuaded that air strikes would be a good idea.”

Maggie Throup MP - Conservative MP for Erewash (FOR) - The decision on whether or not to extend air strikes over Syria is undoubtedly one of the hardest decision that we, as elected Members of Parliament, will ever have to make, and one which I personally have troubled over for a number of weeks.

Bolsover election count 2010 - Dennis Skinner

Bolsover election count 2010 - Dennis Skinner

“This isn’t about Party politics, it is about the security of our nation. It is about being able to go about our daily lives knowing that we are safe on our streets and being able to get on with our lives without fear or hindrance.

“I believe Daesh fundamentally oppose who we are and what we are, not just what we do, and we should therefore be under no illusion that our country is under threat whether we extend airstrikes or not.”

Pauline Latham MKP - Conservative MP for Mid Derbyshire (FOR) - “I think we have made the right choice. IS want to kill us and it wanted to do that before the vote last night and they still will now. Somebody on the television said you can have the best goalkeeper in the world but things still get through. That applies here. We have a brilliant security services - but at some point there will be an attack. What happened in Paris could have happened in Derby, or Manchester or London.”

Natascha Engel (Labour - North East Derbyshire (DID NOT VOTE)) - “As one of the Deputy Speakers I cannot vote when it comes to deciding whether the UK should take part in airstrikes in Syria but I do know how I would vote and that, on balance, would be for airstrikes.

“But I would do it not with any certainty because the fact is, whatever we do – whether we bomb, send in ground troops, or not take part at all – none of us knows the consequences of our action or inaction.”

Andrew Bingham (Conservative - High Peak (FOR) - “Two years ago I was opposed to military intervention in Syria, but in the light of the atrocities that took place in Paris last week . . . I will support the motion when it is put to the House.”

Nigel Mills (Conservative - Amber Valley (FOR) - “I voted against air strikes in Syria against President Assad in 2013 and last summer I voted against air strikes in Iraq. However, I believe the situation has changed and recent events followed by the UN resolution have demonstrated that something must be done to tackle and confront this evil force. We now have a clear UN Security Council resolution, which calls on member states to take ‘all necessary action’ against ISIL because of the unprecedented threat that ISIL poses to us all.”

Patrick Mcloughlin (Conservative - Derbyshire Dales (FOR)) has so far issued a comment on the air strikes.