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Hereford MP also refused to back Government's line on Syria
3:01pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
HEREFORD and South Herefordshire MP Jesse Norman has issued a statement outlining why he – like North Herefordshire MP Bill Wiggin – abstained from last night’s Commons vote, and subsequent government defeat, over military action against Syria.
His statement reads: “In the last few days I have heard from many constituents about the situation in Syria and the possibility of UK military involvement there.
"As you might imagine, I take any decision regarding the possible use of military force extremely seriously – and all the more so representing as I do a constituency with so many serving and retired armed services personnel and their families.
"The situation is a very complex and difficult one. I recognise the enormous public concern on all sides of this issue, and have long had grave reservations about the use of force in Syria.
"In this specific case I was particularly concerned about the very rapid timetable, the absence of clear likely outcomes, the danger of further escalation, and the wider geopolitical implications of UK military action in the Middle East.
"There are circumstances in which the use of force is justified. Nevertheless, after considerable reflection and consultation, I took the decision not to support the Government’s motion last night.
"As with my opposition to the Lords Bill, it may not have been the cleverest thing to do in personal terms. But I felt there was a vital issue of principle at stake.”
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