Barry Gardiner

Working Hard for Brent North

Today's Syria Vote

Today Parliament is debating – and will later vote on – the government’s proposed military strikes on Syria. I don’t believe the government has yet justified its proposals for action, and I’ll be voting against it

Today’s Syria vote

Today Parliament is debating – and will later vote on – the government’s proposed military strikes on Syria. I don’t believe the government has yet justified its proposals for action, and I’ll be voting against it.

I want to thank again all those who came to my constituency meeting on this issue last Sunday. It was hugely important to me to hear your views, and I hope it was useful for you.

If you missed the meeting, you can read my full address here: http://bit.ly/1lXivEz

The Today Programme also covered the event - you can listen to their report herehttp://bbc.in/1Tg6e8w

I’m not a pacifist – I accept that military action is sometimes necessary. But any course of action must, in my view, improve the situation for people in Syria and protect Britain from the threat of terror.

I don’t believe we should extend UK military action into Syria unless there’s a convincing coherent international strategy, with both military and diplomatic elements, that stands a realistic chance of defeating Da’esh on the ground in the context of an end to the Syrian Civil war.

Last night I tabled an Amendment to that effect, which you can view here - and below:

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