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Herefordshire MP refuses to back his Government in vote on Syria
NORTH Herefordshire MP Bill Wiggin refused to back last night’s government motion calling for military action against Syria – but didn’t vote against such action either.
Mr Wiggin told the Hereford Times: “I could not vote for the motion as I do not wish to see Britain become embroiled in another conflict in the Middle East.
“I also refused to support the Labour Party as I believe they were trying to score party political points on a matter of national security.”
To Mr Wiggin it remains unclear – from available evidence on the ground – as to what exactly happened over the use of chemical weapons that prompted the Commons debate on military action and the coalition’s subsequent defeat.
Though he did not vote, Mr Wiggin spoke during the debate to outline his concerns that any intervention in a civil war could soon become an agenda for regime change - illegal under the UN convention.
“All MPs are justifiably nervous of another Iraq," he added.
“My constituents and I did not feel that Britain’s involvement would necessarily lead to President Assad ceasing his use of chemical weapons. Therefore I am pleased with the result of the division and relieved that British servicemen will not be putting their lives at risk in Syria.”
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