Harlow MP votes in favour of air strikes in Syria

Politics / Thu 3rd Dec 2015 at 06:42am

ROBERT Halfon, MP for Harlow, voted in favour of military intervention in Syria.

Robert Halfon said

‘In a previous statement (http://www.roberthalfonblog.com/2015/11/28/i-support-david-camerons-call-for-military-air-intervention-in-syria/) I outlined my reasons for supporting the Prime Minister’s proposal for extending military air strikes into Syria. I’ve further summarised the main reasons I will vote this evening in favour of intervention below.

1. Because Britain is under attack. The Prime Minister said in Parliament today that UK intelligence services have already stopped seven terrorist attacks in the past six months. What happened in Paris could easily happen in London. Moreover, British citizens have been murdered in Tunisia, Paris and the Middle East by this evil organisation.

2. Britain, along with the free nations of the world, has a moral duty to stop genocide when it can. ISIL have murdered many thousands of innocent civilians, carried out mass rapes and enslaved many more. They also have destroyed ancient civilizations and tried to massacre the Yazidi people. This is why Britain is also helping with humanitarian aid. The Government has spent £1 billion on helping refugees from Syria and Iraq and have offered Britain as a safe haven to 20,000 over the next 5 years.

3. British intervention is legal and is mandated by United Nations Resolution 2249. The resolution: ‘Calls upon Member States that have the capacity to do so to take all necessary measures, in compliance with international law, in particular with the United Nations Charter, as well as international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, on the territory under the control of ISIL also known as Da’esh, in Syria and Iraq, to redouble and coordinate their efforts to prevent and suppress terrorist acts committed specifically by ISIL also known as Da’esh as well as ANF, and all other individuals, groups, undertakings, and entities associated with Al-Qaida, and other terrorist groups, as designated by the United Nations Security Council …’

Voting for British Military action is always a very difficult thing to do, and I would like to thank all the brave men and women of our armed forces that keep us safe.

I believe the Prime Minister has made the right decision, and I also have huge admiration for senior Labour politicians like Margaret Beckett, Alan Johnson and Yvette Cooper, who have rightly made the case for military action in Syria.’

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