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Enfield North MP explains vote against Syria action
Enfield North MP, Nick de Bois has admitted it was only after “tremendous thought” that he voted against his own party on Syria intervention.
Mr de Bois last night opposed the Government's motion in favour of military intervention in Syria.
The result, a narrow loss, left Prime Minister David Cameron at odds with the majority of MPs over strikes to punish the Syrian regime for an apparent chemical weapons strike against its own people in Damascus last week.
The rebellion is felt to have damaged Mr Cameron's authority and altered the UK's standing as a military ally of the US.
Mr de Bois said: “After much weighing up and listening to many senior military figures I decided to vote against the Government motion asking MPs to support military intervention.
“This decision came after tremendous thought. Only after hearing the views of senior military personnel such as Lord West and Lord Dannat and weighing up arguments on either side, I made my decision.”
When asked about his reasons for opposing the military intervention, the Enfield North MP said: “This is already an ugly civil war and by getting involved there was a clear risk that this could lead to further atrocities in Syria. This could spread into a wider regional of conflict and that would not begin our national interest.
With discussions lasting from 2pm until 10pm, the Enfield North MP since 2010 admitted that it is rare to vote against your own party.
He added: “It is very rare to go against party loyalty but I feel strongly about this and we had to agree to differ.”
Some Constituents of Enfield North received an email from the MP setting out his view and asking for their opinion on the Syrian crisis with many responding.
Mr de Bois said: “I had a very high turnout of responses, more than 500, with overwhelming support of the stance I took. Understandably this is a matter of considerable national interest.
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