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Barnet MPs vote for possible military action in Syria
Barnet MPs voted in favour of a motion on whether Britain should engage in military action in Syria.
Conservatives Mike Freer and Matthew Offord each supported the motion, which would have made strikes against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime possible.
Hertsmere Conservative MP James Clappison also stayed loyal to Prime Minister David Cameron in last night’s House of Commons debate.
Mr Cameron recalled Parliament to propose a motion on the principle that military action could be required to protect Syrian civilians.
The recall followed a suspected chemical attack last week near Damascus, killing hundreds - but Mr Cameron's motion was defeated by 285 votes to 272.
Mr Clappison said he believed in respecting the will of the House of Commons.
He added: “The British Parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not support military action.”
However he added he believed in the need for a response to the use of chemical weapons.
The debate came after a suspected chemical attack last week near Damascus in which hundreds of people were killed.
Earlier this month, Bradford MP George Galloway appeared on Iranian television, saying he believed Israel had supplied the chemicals for the attacks in Syria – something which angered Dr Offord.
However Dr Galloway claims he “said no such thing”.
Speaking after the debate last night, Dr Offord said: “The real objective of the whole debate over Syria is to stop the terrible killing and bloodshed and no-one should use these events to make political points.
“However many of my constituents have been angered that some people are using the atrocities to vilify Israel, whose Government has played no part in the supply of either conventional or chemical weapons in the conflict.”
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