MP Tessa Munt explains why she abstained in Syria vote
MP Tessa Munt has explained why she decided to abstain in this
week's crucial parliamentary vote on Britain taking military action
rejected the principle of UK military action against Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad's government to deter the use of chemical weapons
by 285 votes to 272, ruling out the possibility of Britain joining
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The situation in Syria is desperate,
and the suffering of the citizens throughout the civil war has
been appalling. The use of chemical weapons is abhorrent, and
should it be proven that Assads regime was behind their
use, he and the others responsible must be punished."
do not believe that the Governments motion met the expectations
of MPs or those whom they represent. People are wary, and weary,
of the impact of UKs intervention in other countries over
recent years, and in the case of Syria, recalling Parliament for
a debate about military action seemed premature, revealed a lack
of evidence, the absence of a clear plan, and no real assessment
of the risks that such action might provoke in an already unsettled
part of the world."
my view, the diplomatic channels have not been exhausted and our
efforts to find a solution should be concentrated in that area.
Clearly, Russia can bring pressure to bear on the Syrian regime,
and the many countries within the Arab League need to be encouraged
and assisted in their efforts to bring Syria back into line. There
are many links and networks - through trade, culture, faith, history
- and the UK, Europe and the USA should use their experience and
expertise to explore every possible avenue to find a solution.
The UK should continue its huge humanitarian efforts in the region."
added: "I agree with General Lord Dannatt, former head of
the British Army, and Lord West, former First Sea Lord, when they
urged "caution" and warned of "unintended consequences"
of military intervention. Military action, particularly without
the full backing of an UN resolution could, in my view, inflame
an already tense situation."
vote reflected the views of the electorate. MPs were clear: at
this time, the Government does not have a 'blank cheque' to intervene
militarily in Syria against the will of the British people."