Opinions split on Syria air strikes vote

Nigel Evans, Conservative Party candidate for the Ribble Valley Constituency in the General Election on May 7th 2015.

Nigel Evans, Conservative Party candidate for the Ribble Valley Constituency in the General Election on May 7th 2015.

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Opinions were split among Lancashire’s MPs over whether to bomb Syria.

The Government motion was passed by 397 votes to 223 after a 10-hour debate in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

Tim Farron MP

Tim Farron MP

Local MPs stuck with party lines with Conservative MPs Ben Wallace (Preston North and Wyre), Mark Menzies (Fylde), Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley), Seema Kennedy (South Ribble) and David Morris (Morecambe and Lunesdale) all voting in favour of air strikes.

But Labour’s Mark Hendrick (Preston) and Cat Smith (Lancaster and Fleetwood) both went with their leader Jeremy Corbyn in voting against taking military action – despite many Labour figures voting in favour.

During the debate, Nigel Evans told the Commons: “The murders on the beach in Tunisia and the carnage in Paris on November 13 have changed everything and the British people would find it rather odd if it took more than that for Britain to stand shoulder to shoulder with a number of other countries and take on Daesh.”

Lostock Hall-born MP Tim Farron, leader of the Lib Dems, voted in favour of military action.

He told the Commons: “If we were just being asked to bomb Syria I’d be voting no, I’d be out there demonstrating in between the speeches, I’d be signing up to those emails from the Stop the War Coalition.

“But this is not just a case of bombing, this is standing with the United Nations and the international community to do what is right by people who are the most beleaguered of all.”

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle, Labour, did not have a vote due to his impartial role as deputy speaker of the House of Commons.