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MP "disgusted" at failure to back military action in crisis-hit Syria
THURROCK MP Jackie Doyle-Price said she is "disgusted" at the failure by members of parliament to back military action in Syria.
Parliament was recalled yesterday to debate the crisis in Syria and a motion which set out criteria for further discussion on intervention, should the UN confirm in the next few days that the Syrian government - lead by Bashar Al-Assad - used chemical weapons against its own people last week.
But MPs voted against the motion - which laid out a set of steps that needed to be followed before any further discussion of military intervention is considered - by a majority of just 13.
Both Ms Doyle-Price and East Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe voted for the motion.
Speaking on Friday, Ms Doyle-Price said: "I am disgusted by what happened in the House of Commons yesterday. By failing to support the government we have given a green light to any country to gas it's citizens. One hundred thousand people are dead, millions displaced and we are doing nothing."
"Britain is a permanent member of the UN Security Council. As such it falls to us to give moral leadership to the rest of the world when atrocities of this kind are being perpetrated. Yesterday we behaved like little England, not Great Britain.
She went on to brand Ed Miliband's behaviour "disgraceful" and "opportunistic". She added: "There are some MPs who will always oppose military intervention and that is their right. But the behaviour of Ed Miliband was disgraceful. Despite the Prime Minister acceding to all his requests he instructed his MPs to vote against the Government.
"This should not have been about party politics. It is about people's lives. Miliband could have behaved like a statesman. He chose opportunism instead.
"Thankfully we can rely on the US and France to defend humanity. Make no mistake, Britain's role in the world has been badly damaged by this shameful episode."
In a letter to concerned constituents, Mr Metcalfe will say: "It was very clear last night that while the House has not passed a motion, the British Parliament – reflecting the views of the British people – does not support British military action.
"The Prime Minister has said he understands that, and the Government will act accordingly.
"I am sure we all abhor the use of Chemical Weapons and none of us to get embroiled in another Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya, but the use of chemical weapons must not go unchallenged and must merit a serious response from the international community.
"What I am sure we would like to see is the UN and the international community, including Russia and China, come together and unanimously condemn the use of Chemical Weapons in Syria and to come to a consensus on what action should be taken."
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