MPs on Syria airstrikes, November-December 2015

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This is a very rough and ready attempt to look at what public evidence exists as to the balance of opinion in Parliament on the Government's proposal for airstrikes against ISIS in Syria, ahead of a likely vote in November 2014. It is mostly based on public statements, although it also uses some unattributed reports, such as those of shadow cabinet meetings. Given the considered statements coming from MPs, its sometimes a fine judgement whether or not MPs are leaning one way of the other, and many are likely to take no position until a vote. The relevant evidence used for each MP is included in references below and covers the period predating the start of the Commons debate on 2 December.

MPs leaning towards airstrikes

Conservative Party

Most of the Conservative party's 330 MPs are expected to support the Prime Minister's call for airstrikes.[1]

  • Edward Argar - 'just as actions have consequences, so does inaction'.[2]
  • Andrew Bingham - 'I will support the motion when it is put to the House.'[2]
  • Crispin Blunt - 'the United Kingdom should play a full role in the coalition.'[2]
  • Andrew Bridgen - Will support the Government - BBC.[1]
  • David Cameron - 'The reason for acting is the very direct threat that ISIL poses to our country and to our way of life.'[2]
  • James Cartlidge - 'Does the Prime Minister agree that the only practicable way for us to hold the leadership of ISIL to account for these crimes against humanity is to engage in the type of military action that he is proposing?'[2]
  • Christopher Chope - ' I support an ISIL-first strategy, but can my right hon. Friend explain how we will succeed with that strategy if it is not shared by Turkey, which seems to be more interested in bombing Kurds than in bombing ISIL?'[2]
  • Kenneth Clarke - 'The Prime Minister has made a compelling case for playing a proper part'.[2]
  • David T.C. Davies - 'This time we have a much clearer strategy'.[2]
  • Philip Davies - 'I am prepared to support the Prime Minister in military action against Islamic State, which poses a severe and direct threat to us, but not against Assad, who does not.'[2]
  • Nadine Dorries - 'If the attack, God forbid, had happened in London and not in Paris, I believe that today the British people would be outraged, dismayed and upset that our allies did not have our back'.[2]
  • Nigel Evans - 'I will support any motion that he brings forward to take action against ISIS in Syria'.[2]
  • Michael Fallon - 'Mr Fallon told the BBC it was dangerous not to try to defeat IS with force' - BBC[3]
  • Liam Fox - 'The question is whether we confront them over there or, increasingly, take the risk of having to confront them over here.'[2]
  • Lucy Frazer - 'If each of our allies independently said, “Well, others are involved and therefore we don’t need to get involved”, how would we ever defeat ISIS?'[2]
  • Cheryl Gillan - 'there can be no doubt that we would bring a specific military capability'[2]
  • John Glen - 'I welcome today’s comprehensive analysis and clear plan, and I support the Prime Minister'.[2]
  • James Gray - '[The Prime Minister has] 'led opinion in the House and throughout the country to favour taking the right move, which is striking against ISIS wherever it may be.'[2]
  • Philip Hammond - 'it feels to me as though we are building a consensus now for military action in Syria' - Reuters.[4]
  • Gerald Howarth - 'It makes no sense to stop at the Iraqi border today.'[2]
  • Bernard Jenkin - ' I commend my right hon. Friend’s approach as set out in his statement, particularly that he is working with our allies.[2]
  • David Jones - 'Ths country should plays its part in helping to defeat [ISIL].'[2]
  • Jeremy Lefroy - 'I thank the Prime Minister for his considered statement, which I very much support.'[2]
  • Stephen Metcalfe - 'May I offer my right hon. Friend my complete support for the approach that he is taking?'[2]
  • Andrew Mitchell - Is this not the way in which we discharge our responsibility to protect innocent civilians, both here in the United Kingdom and in Syria?[2]
  • Penny Mordaunt - Retweeted 'Why we must take action against ISIL in Syria as part of a wider strategy' by David Cameron.[5]
  • James Morris - ' The Prime Minister is absolutely right to say that ISIL/Daesh needs to be taken on in its physical territory in northern Iraq and Syria.'[2]
  • Andrew Percy - 'I voted against action last time, but I am increasingly likely to support action this time, as long as it is against ISIS and does not involve ground troops.'[2]
  • Stephen Phillips - 'My right hon. Friend has made a reasoned and principled case for why we must act in Syria'.[2]
  • Rebecca Pow - 'Will the Prime Minister confirm that he will push ahead with the measures to defeat this ideology and include a plan to care for Syrians who genuinely have to flee and eventually return'.[2]
  • Alec Shelbrooke - 'fully support military intervention. I go further and say of there's a need for ground troops we should supply them.[6]
  • Amanda Solloway - 'I welcome the opportunity to stand shoulder to shoulder with our two closest military allies, France and the USA'.[2]
  • Bob Stewart - ' I ask that we bring that highly potent gesture to a vote of this House as soon as next week.'[2]
  • Tom Tugendhat - 'They are a vile, satanic death cult and they must be stopped.'[2]
  • Charles Walker - Will support the Government - BBC.[1]
  • Robin Walker - 'The Prime Minister has made a compelling case and set out a comprehensive strategy, one of the most compelling elements of which was how Britain’s precision capabilities can save civilian lives.'[2]
  • Helen Whately - 'Is now not the time to step up our commitment and take the fight to their stronghold in Syria?'[7]
  • Sarah Wollaston - 'The Prime Minister has made a compelling and considered case today.'[7]

Labour Party

A majority of the shadow cabinet and many others among the 231 Labour MPs are said to support airstrikes despite the opposition of the Labour leader.

  • Heidi Alexander - 'argued for intervention' - New Statesman.[8]
  • Hilary Benn - 'leaning in favour of military action' - Guardian.[9]
  • Chris Bryant - "It would be on my conscience" if there was another IS attack and I voted against Syria strikes says @RhonddaBryant' - BBC.[10]
  • Vernon Coaker - 'argued for intervention' - New Statesman.[8]
  • Ann Coffey - 'said she would be backing airstrikes, adding that she would be ‘giving herself a free vote’ even if Labour whips told her to oppose the move - Manchester Evening News.[11]
  • Mary Creagh - 'RAF planes are attacking its fighters in Iraq but are turning back at the border with Syria, a border which is meaningless to Isis/Daesh. This weakens our fight against Isis/Daesh’s terrorism.'[12]
  • Simon Danczuk - 'Labour MP @SimonDanczuk WILL vote for military action. Argues it's up to the shadow cabinet to decide and not @JeremyCorbyn alone' - Sky.[13]
  • Michael Dugher - 'spoke up on Thursday in support of military action' - Guardian.[9]
  • Angela Eagle - 'argued for intervention' - New Statesman.[8]
  • Maria Eagle - 'After careful consideration, I will vote in favour of extending UK military action into Syria.'[14]
  • Jim Fitzpatrick - 'Labour's @FitzMP explains why he is "inclined" to support the government on Syria' - Sunday Politics.[15]
  • Caroline Flint - ' told the Sunday Politics she believes there can be a case for British military intervention in Syria' - BBC.[16]
  • Mike Gapes - 'said he is prepared to rebel against the party leadership over UK air strikes in Syria'. BBC.[17]
  • Kate Hoey - ' The agenda is to help others, including our allies, to degrade, deflate and ultimately destroy ISIL'.[2]
  • Dan Jarvis - ' If the prime minister can show he has a wider strategy to do that, he will have my support.'[18]
  • Liz Kendall - Told BBC 'I would support it' given commitments on reconstruction etc.[19]
  • Peter Kyle - 'If the Prime Minister and the International Development Secretary can reassure us [on reconstruction], he will be able to count on my support.'[2]
  • Chris Leslie - 'What would it say about our judgment if we failed to take heed of the appeal from the United Nations?.'[2]
  • Khalid Mahmood - 'Khalid Mahmood made a strong case at #PLP for air strikes in Syria' - BBC.[20]
  • Lucy Powell - 'spoke up on Thursday in support of military action' - Guardian.[9]
  • Angela Smith - 'very strongly minded to vote in favour of military engagement in Syria.[21]
  • Chuka Umunna - 'on the issue I’m clear, our national security is threatened by ISIL, of that there is no doubt.'[22]
  • Tom Watson - 'leaning in favour of military action' - Guardian.[9]
  • John Woodcock - "This new attack should prompt the government and all political parties to look afresh at the case for extending the air campaign".[23]

DUP

The DUP's 8 MPs are expected to vote for airstrikes.[24]

  • Nigel Dodds - 'If it protects our people, here and abroad, we must act'.[7]

Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats, with eight MPs are now expected to support the Government.

MPs leaning against airstrikes

Conservative Party

  • John Baron - 'I will oppose this military action in the forthcoming parliamentary vote.'[26]
  • David Davis - 'David Cameron made a characteristically fluent case on Thursday. But he did not actually answer the two critical questions that must precede any decision by Britain to initiate hostilities within Syria'.[27]
  • Edward Leigh - 'I told the PM today we haven't forgotten Iraq 2003 & to properly destroy ISIL we must cooperate with Russia & Assad.'[28]
  • Peter Lilley - 'Conservative MP Peter Lilley says he is not yet convinced of case for air strikes in Syria #bbcdp'.[29]
  • Julian Lewis - 'I have to say that the suggestion that there are 70,000 non-Islamist, moderate, credible ground forces is a revelation to me and, I suspect, to most other Members in this House.'[7]
  • Andrew Rosindell - Voted against strikes on Foreign Affairs Committee.[30]

Labour Party

The Labour leader is opposed to airstrikes in Syria, as is part of the Shadow Cabinet and many of the 231 Labour MPs.

  • Diane Abbott - Supported Corbyn in Shadow Cabinet - New Statesman.[8]
  • Graham Allen - 'There are many other strategic issues that need to be resolved, each of which is a harder longer road than deploying five aircraft.'[31]
  • Dave Anderson[32]
  • Kevin Brennan - 'I do not believe that the UK joining in the current bombing in Syria will help the process, or defeat ISIL/Daesh'.[33]
  • Karen Buck - 'I may still be convinced by the precise proposal put before us, or by new information or circumstances, but as of now I think it unlikely.'[34]
  • Richard Burgon - 'I'm not persuaded'.[35]
  • Dawn Butler - States 'my fear is that bombs will make things worse, not better' but adds 'My mind is not closed on this.'[36]
  • Liam Byrne - '.@LiamByrneMP: "I'm sceptical... concerned as to whether David Cameron is going to incorporate the lessons of the last 10/11 years' - BBC.[37]
  • Ruth Cadbury - 'As a Quaker, this is a matter of conscience for me, and I will therefore not support military action in Syria.'[38]
  • Ronnie Campbell - ' said he would oppose bombing Syria if a Commons vote was held' - Chronicle Live.[39]
  • Sarah Champion - 'Unless the motion changes before the vote I will be voting against.'[40]
  • Jeremy Corbyn - 'In my view, the Prime Minister has been unable to explain the contribution of additional UK bombing'.[41]
  • John Cryer - Supported Corbyn in Shadow Cabinet - New Statesman.[8]
  • Alex Cunningham - 'I have today written to all Labour Party members in my Stockton North constituency explaining why I will vote against bombing in Syria.'[42]
  • Thangam Debbonaire - Unable to vote for medical reasons but 'If Thangam were able to, she would vote against the current proposals.'[43]
  • Peter Dowd - I won't be voting for bombing'.[44]
  • Bill Esterson - ' So far I share the concerns raised by many that sadly our involvement in Syria will if anything make matters worse not better.'[45]
  • Rob Flello - ' I’m opposed to military action in the current circumstances but the situation is dynamic and I will continue to consider what is in the best interests of the UK and, indeed, globally'.[46]
  • Paul Flynn - 'absurd policy that will increase terrorist recruits'.[47]
  • Barry Gardiner - "As it stands, I am not prepared to support the prime minister’s proposals.”[48]
  • Pat Glass - 'I cannot see how dropping even more bombs is going to improve things for the people of Syria.'[49]
  • Roger Godsiff - "What I'm not convinced of is dropping more bombs on Syria is going to add anything to the defeat of ISIS"[50]
  • Lilian Greenwood - ' I have decided to vote against the Government’s motion.'[51]
  • Nia Griffith - 'against Cameron's plan' - Guardian.[52]
  • Louise Haigh - 'I do not believe that he has adequately set out how bombing will bring about the political settlement needed to bring peace and stability to the region.[53]
  • Helen Hayes - 'While the Prime Minister has highlighted the need for a comprehensive strategy I do not believe that he has identified all of the pieces of the jigsaw that are needed.'[49]
  • John Healey - 'my judgement is to vote against airstrikes in Syria if a decision is called for this week.'[54]
  • Rupa Huq - 'Explained on @BBCNews my scepticism of UK launching air strikes on Syria'.[55]
  • Imran Hussain - 'More conflict not the answer to Syrian crisis & I will not be supporting military action. Syrians need #blanketsnotbombs #DontBombSyria'.[56]
  • Stephen Kinnock - 'plans to oppose air strikes' - BBC.[57]
  • David Lammy- "We have Russia flying planes, we have the French flying planes, we have the Americans flying planes, we have the Turkish. It's not entirely clear what it would add."[58]
  • Ian Lavery - 'For the record. I'll vote against air strikes in Syria on Wednesday.'[59]
  • Clive Lewis - 'It is my opinion, after careful consideration of his case and taking into account the other personal considerations mentioned above, that the Prime Minister has failed to answer those conditions.'[60]
  • Ivan Lewis - 'The current proposal is a short term tactical measure which will neither strengthen our national security or enhance the protection of innocent civilians from brutality and murder. That is why I will oppose the Government on Wednesday.'[61]
  • Fiona Mactaggart - 'agrees with [Corbyn] in opposing British intervention in Syria' - Independent.[62]
  • Justin Madders - 'As things stand, I will be voting against taking action'.[63]
  • John Mann - 'There are many other elements needed to curtail Islamic terrorism worldwide, but Cameron’s proposal does nothing whatsoever on them and makes such initiatives more unlikely.'[64]
  • Rachael Maskell - My decision to vote against air strikes is based on evidence, on analysis of a flimsy proposal & from listening to my constituents, Twitter, 1 December 2015.</ref>
  • Kerry McCarthy - 'I am voting against but given the seriousness of issue, I think it deserves a full explanation' Kerry McCarthy MP, Twitter, 1 December 2015.</ref>
  • Andy McDonald - 'I do not believe the plans put forward by the Prime Minister will prove effective.'[65]
  • John McDonnell - "I’m still in a situation where I’ve expressed the view that I’m opposed to the bombing campaign or engagement."[66]
  • Ian Mearns - 'I just don’t see that the Prime Minister made a compelling case to be going into military action' - Chronicle Live.[39]
  • Madeleine Moon - 'Why is it not right for us to help our allies by clearing the problem of Daesh in Iraq, building a pluralistic state in which Sunnis see a potential future that they can support, and taking the commitment to Iraq before we move on to Syria?'.[2]
  • Grahame Morris - 'I have listened to the Prime Minister’s case, but I am not convinced that the UK participating in airstrikes will improve the situation in Syria'.[67]
  • Ian Murray - 'I don't think the case has been made because I don't think the bombing of Syria will make any difference to the position of Isil/Daesh.'[68]
  • Lisa Nandy - 'I am not convinced the plan the Prime Minister has put forward thus far will make us safer or reduce the threat of ISIL Daesh.[69]
  • Chi Onwurah - 'The vast majority of the constituents who contacted me were against airstrikes. I agree with them for the reasons I set out'.[70]
  • Kate Osamor - retweeted #DontBombSyria tweet from @jeremycorbyn4pm.[71]
  • Matthew Pennycook - ' If new information comes to light or more compelling arguments are put before me I may be persuaded to think again but as things stand I intend to vote against the extension of airstrikes against Daesh in Syria.'[72]
  • Albert Owen - 'the argument that bombing Syria will assist in this objective has not been made'.[49]
  • Yasmin Qureshi - 'A British offensive on these terms will not help too weaken ISIS or prevent further attacks here in Europe.'[73]
  • Jonathan Reynolds - ' I’m really quite sceptical this is the strategy we need and I’m not tremendously convinced by Cameron’s statement' - Manchester Evening News.[11]
  • Naz Shah - 'As it is I was unconvinced before the statement and continue to hold the view that we should not be bombing Syria.'[74]
  • Paula Sherriff - 'the Prime Minister has failed to convince me that pursuing air strikes in Syria is part of a longer-term and comprehensive strategy and I therefore intend to vote against the motion.'[75]
  • Gavin Shuker - 'I am opposed to the proposed action in Syria, but for the Labour Party not to have a collective position on it is frankly untenable'.[76]
  • Tulip Siddiq - 'I don't feel that air strikes in Syria has been put forward by the Prime Minister in a way that I feel I can support it at this very moment.'[77]
  • Dennis Skinner - 'Skinner has warned of the perils of Britain intervening in the Syrian civil war' - Independent.[78]
  • Andy Slaughter - ' I have decided that I cannot support British military action in Syria at present and will be voting against any motion that sanctions it in the House of Commons this week.'[79]
  • Cat Smith - ' I do not wish to see the brave air crew of the RAF placed in danger on a mission I do not believe will achieve its desired outcomes nor provide greater security for us at home.'[80]
  • Owen Smith - 'I've come to the conclusion that the Prime Minister has for me, for this MP, not made the case compellingly enough'.[49]
  • Keir Starmer - 'I accept that Isis must be defeated and I would be happy to consider a revised strategy. But the current plan is flawed.'.[81]
  • Jo Stevens - 'I will be voting against air strikes.'[82]
  • Wes Streeting - ' I fear we will be inevitably drawn into a quagmire.'[83]
  • Graham Stringer - 'it’s a marginal military impact and is likely to make things worse rather than better' - Manchester Evening News.[11]
  • Mark Tami - 'After careful deliberation I have decided I will be voting against air-strikes in Syria'.[84]
  • Emily Thornberry - 'I listened with great care to what the Prime Minister said because I wanted to hear about the strategy and the plan, but I am disappointed because I fear it is very thin.'[2]
  • Jon Trickett - Supported Corbyn in Shadow Cabinet - New Statesman.[8]
  • Catherine West - 'at this time I do not believe the case has been made for UK military intervention.'[85]
  • Alan Whitehead - 'I am not convinced by the Prime Minister’s propositions concerning bombing, and I will not be supporting his resolution when it is put forward later this week.'[86]
  • David Winnick - 'would military action help to defeat ISIS? I happen to believe that the answer is no.'[7]
  • Daniel Zeichner - '#Cambridge MP @DanielZeichner tells @PaulStainton that he will support Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and vote against bombing IS in Syria' - BBC.[87]

SNP

The SNP are expected to vote against airstrikes.[8]

  • Alan Brown - 'Getting that political strategy agreed is more important than saying, “I hope it will come with air strikes.'[2]
  • Lisa Cameron - 'The Prime Minister said that the proposed air involvement could be sustained for many months. Will he give us further clarification?'[2]
  • Ronnie Cowan - 'Would he concede that if the Chilcot inquiry had produced its report, we would be better informed as to how best to handle this complex situation?'[2]
  • Stephen Gethins - ' I do not believe that he has yet answered our questions adequately on issues such as ground troops or a long-term strategy.'[2]
  • Patrick Grady 'How much will the £1 billion put aside for reconstruction today compare with the total cost of the planned military action, given that the Prime Minister spent 13 times as much on bombing Libya as he did on reconstruction?'[2]
  • Peter Grant - 'A ceasefire among the warring non-Daesh factions in and around Syria is not a striving for perfection, but an absolute requirement.'[2]
  • Stewart Hosie -"of course we couldn't possibly support conflict in the current climate".[57]
  • George Kerevan - 'Will the Prime Minister give us his best estimate of the likelihood in reasonable time of a ceasefire between the major non-Daesh forces in Syria that would allow an effective deployment of ground troops to take and hold Daesh territory?'.[2]
  • Stewart Malcolm McDonald - ' How can he ensure that the snake is not in fact a Hydra that will emerge stronger in other parts of the region, such as Libya or Tunisia?'.[2]
  • Paul Monaghan - 'Parliament Street today outside my office. Thousands demonstrating against the intention to destroy Syria.'[88]
  • Gavin Newlands - 'Will he explain how and when he envisages installing a Government that would represent and be supported by all sides in the aftermath of a bloody and immensely complicated civil war?'[2]
  • Brendan O'Hara - 'The Prime Minister is on the record as saying that the UK’s unique contribution to the fight against Daesh is the Brimstone missile, but will he confirm that the Royal Saudi air force has been using the Brimstone missile against Daesh since February?'[2]
  • Kirsten Oswald - 'Only a few weeks ago, the FAC heard that there appeared to be little chance of a legitimate and functioning ally emerging from the chaos on the ground any time soon. What has changed?'[2]
  • Steven Paterson - 'Given the shooting down of the Russian plane by Turkey, one of our NATO allies, and the massive dangers that entails in terms of escalation, can he say a little more on the communications strategy between the anti-Daesh forces that he foresees?'.[2]
  • Angus Robertson - 'key questions posed by the FAC remain unanswered, and unless he answers them satisfactorily, the SNP will not vote for airstrikes in Syria.'[2]
  • Alex Salmond - 'The former First Minister for Scotland says a bombing campaign cannot be justified' Press and Journal.[89]
  • Tommy Sheppard - 'Is their view and advice to this House that a successful ground offensive can be undertaken against Daesh in Syria without the involvement or without reference to the existing Syrian armed forces?'[2]
  • Owen Thompson - 'Can confirm I will not be voting to bomb #Syria - bombing alone will not solve issues in the region #syriaairstrikes'.[90]
  • Philippa Whitford - 'We will not bomb them out of existence, and we know that this may well increase recruitment of extremists here.'[2]

SDLP

  • Mark Durkan - 'Does [the Prime Minister] accept that those valid considerations against such intervention also persuade many of us against intervention on the terms he is commending?'[2]

Plaid Cymru

Plaid Cymru's 3 MPs are expected vote against military action.[91]

  • Hywel Williams 'I ask [the Prime Minister] to examine his conscience and examine all choices short of bombing, as we all must.'[7]
  • Albert Owen - 'My question to him is simply this: if increased bombing leads to increased refugees, will he reconsider the figure he has put on the number of refugees?'[7]

Green Party

  • Caroline Lucas - 'will [the Prime Minister] directly address the vital concerns that come through very strongly in the evidence to the Select Committee report that our ability to continue that key political and diplomatic role will be compromised fundamentally if we join the bombing?'[7]

MPs said to be undecided

Conservative Party

  • Graham Brady - 'before a vote in the House of Commons I want to be completely confident that this is only about degrading Isis terrorist and is not a wider intervention in Syria or the Middle East' - Manchester Evening News.[11]
  • Jason McCartney - 'said he could end up supporting it, but there is much to consider' - Yorkshire Post.[92]
  • Glyn Davies - reported to be undecided - BBC.[93]

Labour Party

  • Tom Blenkinsop - 'we need to have a proper plan put down where all parties taking place have an agreement where we target ISIS targets only, and if we can do that I’m sure MPs will be listening.'[94]
  • Paul Blomfield - ' I am still considering my decision.'[95]
  • Richard Burden - "hope the above along with the links I have included gives you an idea of the considerations that will be in the forefront of my mind as I decide how to cast my vote."[96]
  • Andy Burnham - 'understood to be undecided about how to vote' - Guardian.[9]
  • Yvette Cooper - 'understood to be undecided about how to vote' - Guardian.[9]
  • Stella Creasy - has said she will decide her position after debate.[97]
  • Alex Cunningham - 'A lot for me depends on whether the United Nations actually passes a resolution to qualify what’s going to happen'.[94]
  • Nic Dakin - ' It's only when it is exactly clear what they are that other parties will be able to determine their response and individual MPs - like myself - will be in a position to vote on this most important of issues.'[98]
  • Clive Efford - ' Will he come back to us with more details, in order to convince us that action will result in the outcome that we desire?'[2]
  • Kate Green - 'Kate will be holding a number of events to meet and hear from constituents this weekend'[99]
  • Mike Kane - 'For those in the House who are still uncertain, the weakness of the analysis is around the winnability strategy on the ground, and the need to not create a vacuum that will be filled by something worse.'[2][11]
  • Sadiq Khan - 'will decide when he sees the motion put forward by the government' - BBC.[3]
  • Diana Johnson - ' I am still considering the Government’s case for military action'.[100]
  • Ed Miliband - '"I think it's a different case but it's a case I'm yet to be convinced of."[101]
  • Liz McInnes - 'I'm still weighing up the evidence'.[102]
  • Jess Phillips - 'The truth is, I don't know what the hell to think.'[103]
  • Jamie Reed - 'There is no doubt that we must defeat ISIL/Daesh and because of this, I will take my time to ensure the Government’s proposals continue to receive the level of scrutiny that is necessary.'.[104]
  • Jeff Smith - 'will continue to listen to all viewpoints as we consider ways to deal with the complex and changing situation in Syria.'[105]

Ulster Unionist Party

  • Danny Kinahan - 'We look forward to the motion from the Prime Minister to assess if our criteria for military action in Syria has been met.'[24]

Independent Unionist

Other relevant comments from MPs

Conservative Party

  • Bob Blackman - 'Will my right hon. Friend explain how long this strategy will take to implement, given that we are clearly not going to get instantaneous results?' [2]
  • Peter Bone - 'Does the Prime Minister think there is room, perhaps even before next week, to get the Leader of the Opposition in and agree a draft motion with him?'.[7]
  • Rehman Chishti - 'In relation to defeating this evil organisation, its ideological appeal and its self-proclaimed legitimacy, our key ally France uses the term Daesh, and the French media now follow'.[7]
  • Richard Drax - 'I thank my right hon. Friend for his comprehensive statement this morning, but I caution him about ruling out the use of western ground troops.'[7]
  • Richard Fuller - ' Is the Prime Minister sure that that will not happen again as a consequence of the decisions that he makes after today?'[7]
  • Daniel Kawczynski - 'The Prime Minister will know that some of the regional tensions in the middle east and Syria stem from the mutual hostility and antagonism between Iran and Saudi Arabia.'[2]
  • Edward Leigh - 'I know that the Prime Minister will not want to say this in public now and eat his words, but we have to co-operate with Russia, Assad and the Syrian army if we are to complete a bombing war and look forward to the reconstruction after that.'[2]
  • Peter Lilley - 'I would like him to convince me that what he refers to as the Free Syrian Army actually exists and is not a label that we apply to a rag-bag group of clans and tribal forces with no coherent force.'[7]
  • Alan Mak - 'Will [The Prime Minister] outline some of the key capabilities of the RAF that could be brought to bear in the region, and will he join me in paying tribute to its work?'[7]
  • David Mowat - 'The only apparent source of wealth for ISIL comes from onshore oil fields that do not require precision bombing to take out, yet we have made very little progress on this in the past year.'[2]
  • David Rutley - 'Like many in the House, I am pleased that today’s statement has a strong focus on post-conflict reconstruction. Can my right hon. Friend tell the House how widely that priority is shared by our EU allies such as Germany and by the nearby Arab states?[7]
  • Graham Stuart - ' will [the Prime Minister] tell us why he believes that the Russians and Iran would step back from backing Assad and attacking the Free Syrian Army when we attack the mortal enemy, Daesh?'[2]
  • Michael Tomlinson - 'Can the Prime Minister reassure me and my constituents that if military action is taken, he will not take his eye off the ball on a political settlement?'.[2]
  • Maggie Throup - 'Will my right hon. Friend assure the House—and, indeed, my constituents—that if a decision is made to extend air strikes into Syria, every effort will be made to keep people safe on the streets of Britain'.[2]
  • Bill Wiggin - ' In order to succeed, I hope the Prime Minister will not leave the House, given the supportive mood here, and use his considerable brilliance and resources to draft a crafty motion when what he needs to be doing is forming those coalitions of ground troops that we all agree we so badly need.'[2]
  • Craig Whittaker - 'The people of Calder Valley will rightly want to know one key thing, and that is whether British action in Syria will make a real difference to the situation on the ground and help to make us safer at home.'[2]

Labour Party

  • David Anderson - 'Does the Prime Minister agree with his former Foreign Secretary, William Hague, and with John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the UN, that ultimately the world will have to redraw the map and create a Sunni state in northern Iraq and northern Syria?'[107]
  • Clive Betts - ' There will be Muslims in this country, particularly young Muslims, who, although they do not support ISIL/Daesh, are concerned about the UK being seen to take military action against other Muslims.'[2]
  • Jo Cox (with Andrew Mitchell) - 'What is critical in advancing any military component is that the protection of civilians must be at the centre of the mission'.[108]
  • Stephen Doughty - 'Will [the Prime Minister] say more about the necessity of going after Daesh in the territory that it controls and how that impacts on actions here, recruitments and actions against this country’s citizens?.'[2]
  • George Howarth - 'I know that these things are still subject to negotiation, but can he give the House an indication of what the characteristics of a legitimate transitional Government might be?'.[2]
  • Diana Johnson - 'Does the Prime Minister think that chapter VII of the United Nations charter would need to be invoked to allow military action?[2]
  • Susan Elan Jones - ' Let us assume that the House gives its support to the Prime Minister for these air strikes. Can he outline how he and his Secretaries of State will update the House on what is happening?'[2]
  • Steve McCabe - 'I admire the sincerity and conviction of the Prime Minister, but if after months of intensive bombing the Free Syrian Army cannot take Raqqa and has become mired in atrocities it is committing, and there is limited progress on a wider settlement, what will he then ask this House to do?'[2]
  • Pat McFadden - 'What more can he say to convince the House and the country of his and his Government’s staying power on the diplomatic and political front, particularly at a time when big questions are being asked about Britain’s role in the world and how we see our place in the world?'.[2]
  • Alison McGovern - ' What plans is he bringing forward, with our international partners, to make sure that the economic future of Syria is sustainable at the point we can make it so?'.[2]
  • Derek Twigg - ' the issue of ground forces, which has been raised by other Members, is key, and today’s statement was weak in that regard.'[7]
  • Keith Vaz - 'an inevitable consequence of our intervention will be that the migration crisis will get much worse'.[7]

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Syria bombing: Where UK parties stand, BBC News, 26 November 2015.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 2.34 2.35 2.36 2.37 2.38 2.39 2.40 2.41 2.42 2.43 2.44 2.45 2.46 2.47 2.48 2.49 2.50 2.51 2.52 2.53 2.54 2.55 2.56 2.57 2.58 2.59 2.60 2.61 2.62 2.63 2.64 2.65 2.66 2.67 2.68 2.69 Syria, Hansard, 26 November 2015. 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  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Jennifer Williams, Greater Manchester MPs not yet convinced about launching airstrikes against ISIS in Syria, Manchester Evening News, 27 November 2015.
  12. Mary Creagh, The longer we leave defeating Isis, the harder it will be, Progress Online, 19 November 2015.
  13. Darren McCaffrey, Twitter, 29 November 2015.
  14. 'Labour has a duty to back military action', Mirror', 1 December 2015.
  15. DailySunday Politics, Twitter, 29 November 2015.
  16. Caroline Flint: We should look at military action, BBC, 22 November 2015.
  17. Labour MP Gapes says he will rebel on Syria vote, BBC, 19 November 2015.
  18. Dan Jarvis, My five tests for backing military action in Syria, The Guardian, 23 November 2015.
  19. Labour's @leicesterliz is asked whether she will back Syria air strikes in a Commons vote, BBC This Week, Twitter, 20 November 2015.
  20. Iain Watson, Twitter, 30 November 2015.
  21. The World at One, Twitter, 30 November 2015.
  22. Murnaghan Interview with Chuka Umunna, MP, former Shadow Business Secretary, Sky, 29 November 2015.
  23. Allan Tunningley, HAVE YOUR SAY: Should the UK extend its air campaign to bomb ISIS targets in Syria?, Westmorland Gazette, 19 November 2015.
  24. 24.0 24.1 Liam Clarke, 'DUP set to back airstrikes in Syria after David Cameron insists Isis is the only target, Belfast Telegraph, 27 November 2015.
  25. 25.0 25.1 Caron Lindsay, Farron’s five tests to secure Lib Dem support for UK action in Syria, LibDemVoice, 24 November 2015.
  26. Cameron is long on emotion - and short on strategy: Tory MP John Baron ignores PM to vote NO to strikes, Mail on Sunday, 29 November 2015.
  27. David Davis, Should parliament endorse UK air strikes in Syria?, Guardian, 29 November 2015.
  28. [https://twitter.com/EdwardLeighMP/status/669888840644063232 Edward Leigh MP, Twitter, 26 November 2015.
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  30. Francis Elliott, Twitter, 1 December 2015.
  31. Graham Allen, Our First Reaction to Atrocities Like Syria Will Always Be to 'Do Something' - But It Is Vital That We Do the Right Thing, Huffington Post, 23 November 2015.
  32. Richard Moss, BBC News, 1 December 2015.
  33. Kevin Brennan, No Easy Answers on Syria, Huffington Post, 30 November 2015.
  34. Karen Bick,My statement on intervention in Syria, karenbuck.org.uk, 27 November 2015.
  35. The Prime Minister's Proposal to Bomb Syria, Youtube, 27 November 2015.
  36. Nathalie Raffray, Brent MP Dawn Butler seeks residents’ views on whether to bomb Syria, Brent and Kilburn Times, 24 November 2015.
  37. Nick Sutton, Twitter, 29 November 2015.
  38. Ruth Cadbury MP, Twitter, 23 November 2015.
  39. 39.0 39.1 Labour MPs blast 'sickening' Jeremy Corbyn critics over bombing Syria, Chronicle Live, 27 November 2015.
  40. Sarah Champion MP, Twitter, 1 December 2015.
  41. Full text of Jeremy Corbyn’s letter to Labour MPs about airstrikes on Syria, Labourlist, 26 November 2015.
  42. Alex Cunningham, Twitter, 1 December 2015.
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  44. Peter Dowd MP, Twitter, 28 November 2015.
  45. Bill Esterson, Facebook, 29 November 2015.
  46. Rob Flello, Twitter, 1 December 2015.
  47. Paul Flynn MP, Twitter, 26 November 2015.
  48. Lorraine King, Brent MP calls public meeting to discuss government’s plans to bomb Syria, Brent & Kilburn Times, 26 November 2015.
  49. 49.0 49.1 49.2 49.3 Dan Bloom, These 23 Labour MPs explain why they're refusing to bomb Syria, Mirror, 1 December 2015.
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  51. Lilian Greenwood, Facebook, 1 December 2015.
  52. Rowena Mason & Daniel Boffey, Tom Watson backs airstrikes against Isis, joining opposition to Corbyn, The Guardian, 27 November 2015.
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  56. Imran Hussain MP, Twitter, 28 November 2015.
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  58. Aaron James, Christian Labour MP David Lammy urges against bombing Islamic State in Syria, but says MPs must have free vote, Premier, 28 November 2015.
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  60. Clive Lewis MP, Facebook, 27 November 2015.
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