MP votes in favour of Syria air strikes - and tells us why
MP James Heappey has explained why he voted in favour of Syrian
air strikes during last night's big vote in the House of Commons.
Heappey was among the 397 MPs who voted to authorise UK air strikes
against so-called Islamic State in Syria. 223 voted
not to proceed.
Heappey spoke during the ten-hour parliamentary debate,
and told Burnham-On-Sea.com afterwards: "It has not been
an easy decision - in fact it has been one of the hardest days
of my professional life which, considering my time in the military,
says a lot."
the right decision has been taken here in the interests of protecting
our national security," he said.
coalition partners are asking us to join them and we need to answer
their call - or who knows what will happen in the future."
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I have been contacted by 655 people
about this vote across the constituency - and I know some will not agree
with how I have voted."
have heard many different opinions locally, but by and large the
view on the street is that voting for action in Syria
was the right thing to do. Some will be against, but the vast majority
will know it's right."
the debate, Afghanistan war veteran Mr Heappey said the air strikes
would degrade ISIL. He called for indigenous
battle groups and said the Kurds and Syrians need to join the
allies. He added: "When trying to buy time in a combat zone
you need to suppress the enemy, keep their head down and deny
them freedom of action of their own."
RAF jets took off on their first bombing raids in Syria within hours of the vote during the early morning today.