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Amended: One Bucks MP rebels in Syria military strike vote
4:30pm Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
ONLY one Buckinghamshire MP rebelled against David Cameron over possible military intervention in Syria.
Steve Baker voted against the Prime Minister’s motion to potentially strike against the Assad regime to deter the use of chemical weapons.
The Wycombe MP took to his blog to explain his position.
He said: “I thank God I have not had to care for those killed and seriously injured in battle.
"One close to me who has is absolutely clear that the use of armed force is never 'humanitarian'.
“What is needed is a ceasefire, however imperfect it may be, and a peace conference. That is what the Government should work towards, not war as punishment.
“Punishment must be meted out by courts against individuals, not nations against nations.”
Fellow Conservatives Cheryl Gillan, David Lidington and Dominic Grieve supported the government’s motion on Thursday night.
The Attorney General ruled military action would be "humanitarian intervention" and legal even if the United Nations moved to block it.
Mrs Gillan backed the motion after receiving assurances from the Prime Minister that another vote would be held to sanction any military strike.
But the Government was defeated by 285 votes to 272 following a long debate in the House of Commons.
Mr Cameron said while military intervention was now off the cards, Britain would still be able to provide a “robust response”.
He said: “We will continue to take a case to the UN, we will continue to work in all the organisations we are members of - whether the EU, or Nato, or the G8 or the G20 - to condemn what's happened in Syria.
"It's important we uphold the international taboo on the use of chemical weapons.
“But one thing that was proposed, the potential - only after another vote - involvement of the British military in any action, that won't be happening.”
Hundreds of people died in an alleged chemical attack near Damascus on August 21.
A US intelligence report blamed Syria's government for the attack with "high confidence" and said it was "highly unlikely" the atrocity was plotted by rebels.
The Syrian regime has denied the claims and called the US report "entirely fabricated".
UN chemical weapons inspectors left Syria this morning.
• ON Friday, the BFP website incorrectly reported Mr Grieve, Mr Lidington and Mrs Gillan voted against military intervention. They all opposed Labour’s amendment but backed the Downing Street motion.
The original story has been removed and we apologise for any confusion.
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