MPs vote ‘No’ but air strikes backed

MPs will vote on whether to launch air strikes in Syria
MPs will vote on whether to launch air strikes in Syria
  • House of Commons votes in favour of air strikes by 174 majority
  • Lisa Nandy, Yvonne Fovargue and Andy Burnham vote ‘No’
  • Dozens of Labour MPs back the Government motion
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THE borough’s three MPs voted against air strikes in Syria but the Government’s motion received a clear majority.

Prime Minister David Cameron said his colleagues faced a choice of backing action against the terror group in their Syrian stronghold or wait for an attack in the UK.

Spurred on by a rousing speech by shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn, dozens of Labour MPs backed military action.

But Lisa Nandy, Yvonne Fovargue and Andy Burnham all opted to vote against the air strikes, following leader Jeremy Corbyn who warned of an “ill-thought-out rush to war.”

Mr Burnham, the shadow home secretary, declared his intentions on Wednesday afternoon after five hours of what was a more than 10 hour debate.

He said: “Bombing without a clear idea or plan on the ground I think is mistaken.”

MPs Yvonne Fovargue and Lisa Nandy

MPs Yvonne Fovargue and Lisa Nandy

Makerfield’s Yvonne Fovargue and Wigan’s Lisa Nandy had earlier indicated they would be voting no.

Ms Fovargue, a Labour frontbencher, said she had “considered all representations” in reaching her decision but will vote against the Government’s motion.

In a statement, the Makerfield MP said: “Ahead of the vote I have considered all representations and have spoken to MPs who support and oppose military action and have received briefings from defence experts.

“I have concluded that the Prime Minister has failed to make the case for air strikes and I will therefore vote against the motion tabled by the Government tonight.”.

The Prime Minister has failed to make the case for air strikes

Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue MP

Shadow energy secretary and Wigan MP Ms Nandy said earlier this week: “I could not agree with (the Prime Minister) more that there must be action to deal with ISIL and the threat they pose.

“But his plan is deeply flawed. He did not set out clear limits on UK involvement. Despite requests, he has not made an explicit commitment that the UK will target military and strategic targets and seek to minimise civilian deaths.”

David Cameron’s motion seeking authorisation to order air strikes against the so-called Islamic State (IS) passed by 397 votes to 223, a majority of 174. A rebel amendment was seen off by 179 votes.

Mr Cameron told MPs: “These women-raping, Muslim-murdering, medieval monsters - they are hijacking the peaceful religion of Islam for their warped ends.”

But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said air strikes would “almost inevitably lead to the deaths of innocents” and accused the PM of rushing a Commons vote through before public opinion turns against military action.

Mr Corbyn questioned whether air strikes would contribute to a peaceful settlement for Syria and warned that they could increase the possibility of terror attacks in Britain.