MP says online trolls have targeted him since Syria vote
MP James Heappey said this week that he has been the target
of internet trolls since he voted in favour of attacks on Islamic
State in Syria.
MP said that one person had wished a "death by air strike"
on the MP and his family, while another said he had "blood
on his hands."
Heappey, a former soldier, was one of dozens of MPs who were criticised
online following the vote in favour of bombing.
Heappeys speech during the Commons debate was singled out
for praise by Labour party shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn.
Heapey said in Parliament: "On three occasions, I left my
family and boarded a plane bound for Afghanistan or Iraq. As the
plane went through the clouds, I took what could have been my
final look out of the window at this country. When you do that,
you cannot help wondering whether the people who have stood in
this place have made the right decision, whether the nation is
with you, and whether what you are going to do is worthwhile."
Heappey told the debate that the RAF was in a position to carry
out deadly accurate attacks on Daesh, and he reminded the house
that putting British troops into Syria could be counter productive.
said: "In Basra, my battle group was fighting an insurgency
that existed almost entirely because we were there. The 70,000
Syrians and 20,000 Kurds under arms could, and should, become
a cohesive and capable force, but the bombing campaign will buy
the time for them to be manoeuvred into the place where we need
them to be, so that we can co-ordinate their efforts in support
of the air strikes."