September 27, 2014
Burnham's MP votes in favour of Iraq air strikes against extremists

Burnham-On-Sea's MP has voted in support of military action in Iraq against Islamic State extremists.

After a seven-hour debate in the House of Comomons on Friday (September 26th), MPs voted for military action by 524 votes to 43 - and Tessa Munt was among those in favour of air strikes.

She said she supports British air strikes to halt the spread of the ISIS extremists in the country.

The government's motion proposing air strikes was carried after being backed by the Labour opposition despite being opposed by six Conservatives, one Liberal Democrat, and 23 Labour MPs.

Prime Minister David Cameron told MPs that intervention at the request of the Iraqi government was "morally justified" to combat a "brutal terrorist organisation" and was clearly lawful.

The PM said he believed military action would be lawful on the grounds of intervening to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe, and of protecting Iraq from attacks being launched from Syria.

He said Britain had a clear "duty" to join the campaign, saying IS was a direct threat to the UK and he is not prepared to "subcontract" the protection of British streets from terrorism to other countries' air forces.

He won support from Labour leader Ed Miliband who said inaction would lead to "more killing" in Iraq, large swathes of which are controlled by Islamic State.


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