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Syria Vote: Feedback from Paul Farrelly


Following the 10 hour long debate, which in itself came after much soul-searching and questioning by all MPs, Parliament voted for airstrikes in Syria. Indeed they took place just a matter of hours after the vote took place. Here is Paul's feedback regarding his own decision and feelings on the issue:

"Another long day ends with the Commons voting by 397 to 223, a majority of 174, to extend RAF air strikes into Syria. After the atrocities in Paris, weighing head against heart, I decided to vote against this evening. Heart found it tough to answer 'what would the decision be, had it been London or elsewhere over here?', even though I argued with French Socialist MPs two years ago that they did not bear the scars of Iraq in going into Syria. Head said that in a multi-sided civil war, with ISIL-Daesh dug into populated Raqqa, no political accord on the ground and Cameron magicking a mythical, spare 70,000 moderate Sunni fighters out of thin air that there was no real strategy, while still seeking regime change. I asked good friends in Paris, whose 12 year old son was at the Stade de France on that terrible evening. No liberal bleeding hearts at all, they said more bombing without Syrian political movement to unite against this menace would not be the answer. Going through this first thing on my local BBC Radio Stoke, however, I also lamented the behaviour - which will happen time and again - of Labour's new Leader Jeremy Corbyn. Rather than trying to unite, he just divides, and has no notion of collective responsibility or straight, honest dealing. It has been an abject display and we certainly cannot win a general election, sadly, with him at the helm. In elections each May before 2020, the voters will decide, but no doubt the blame, as ever, will be laid elsewhere...."


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