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Hyndburn MP criticises Cameron's handling of Syria debate
10:21am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
HYNDBURN MP Graham Jones has criticised David Cameron for his handling of the debate about the proposed military intervention in Syria.
The Prime Minister suffered a defeat in Parliament when MPs voted against strikes in the Middle East, including some from his own party.
And Mr Jones said: “Last week the House of Commons rejected the government’s rush to military strikes. The Prime Minister failed to convince the opposition and members of his own party that he had a clear and cognitive plan.
“The motion on the order paper failed to give due consideration to evidence, international law, and was the start of a rash move towards action based on what appeared a preceeding agreement between Cameron and Obama that military strikes should happen that weekend.”
Mr Jones said he received a large amount of correspondence on the issue, and spoke out to make his views clear to constituents.
He added: “Labour’s motion did not call for military options to be taken off the table, it simply required a higher level of evidence, and for international legal processes to be followed.”
Mr Jones said Mr Cameron ‘failed to put his ego’ to one side and accept Labour’s amendment.
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