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East Lancashire MPs back recall of parliament over Syria
9:47am Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
EAST Lancashire MPs have expressed unanimous support for David Cameron’s decision to recall parliament to debate the possibility of military intervention in Syria.
But opinion was divided as to whether military action was likely to be necessary.
Blackburn MP Jack Straw said: “I strongly support the recall of parliament.
“On any military intervention I shall make up my mind after I have heard the case.”
Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans said: “It is important to have a democratic authority.”
And Jake Berry, MP for Rossendale and Darwen said: “Any action in response to the chemical weapons attack in Syria would have to be legal, proportionate and specifically to deter their future use.”
Hyndburn and Haslingden MP Graham Jones said: “In the first instance we should have a diplomatic and peaceful resolution, but until David Cameron and the government inform parliament about the situation on the ground then it’s difficult to make a judgement.”
Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle said: “I am not in favour of military intervention without approval from the UN.”
MP for Pendle Andrew Stephenson added: “I think we need a strong response to deter the future use of chemical weapons. However, I am sceptical about military intervention.
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