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MP Peter Luff backs Cameron over Syria vote
2:26pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
DROITWICH Spa’s MP Peter Luff voted with David Cameron for the ‘principle’ of military action in Syria last night.
The Mid-Worcestershire MP joined Worcester MP Robin Walker and West Worcestershire’s Harriett Baldwin to side with the Prime Minister, but couldn’t prevent a shock commons defeat.
In an attack on the Mr Cameron’s authority, 50 Coalition MPs voted against a watered-down motion backing the principle of intervention.
Mr Luff said: “This motion should have been backed by the commons - it condemned Assad, gave us time to wait for the UN report and still required a second commons vote.
“We have opted out, and I believe it has worrying consequences amid this humanitarian crisis.”
The result was 272 votes for and 285 against, with Labour refusing to side with the Government.
An earlier Labour motion demanding further conditions before Britain could launch military action was defeated by 322 votes to 220.
The last time a Prime Minister was defeated over an issue of war and peace was in 1782.
Mr Cameron said: "It is clear to me the British Parliament does not want to see British military action.
"I get that and the Government will act accordingly."
Senior US officials say President Obama, who was hoping for British support, is still looking to move ahead with a limited military strike despite the result.
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