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Dudley South Tory Kelly defies PM in Common's Syria vote
4:32pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
DUDLEY South MP Chris Kelly has once again defied the prime minister - this time over war-torn Syria.
Tory Mr Kelly, who has previously clashed with David Cameron over Europe, did not vote at the end of the Commons debate last night (Thursday August 29) on a government motion which many saw as the first step on the road to bombing Damascus.
Mr Cameron proposed a motion calling for a strong response, including possible military action, to the alleged chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government on a suburb of the country's capital city last week.
The motion failed by 13 votes and Mr Kelly was among 31 Tory MPs listed as not having voted.
Mr Kelly said: "Even before last night's vote I had grave reservations about the possibility of UK missile strikes – in conjunction with the USA – upon Syrian government/military targets.
"I do not believe it should fall solely to the UK and the USA to shoulder the burden and responsibility for punishing the Syrian regime for its use of chemical weapons against a civilian population – undoubtedly a clear contravention of international law.
"I paid close attention to the messages sent to me by constituents in recent days and thank all of those who contacted me. Not one person who got in touch urged me to support military intervention in the form of air strikes.
"I also remain to be convinced that this conflict somehow requires intervention in a way which others don't. Sadly there are still all too many cases of brutal, repressive dictatorships and bloody civil wars around the globe.
"In light of the above I therefore felt unable to support the government motion."
Following the defeat the prime minister told MPs he understood the will of Parliament was against military action and Britain would not participate in any operations against Syria.
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