Sunday, 09 December 2018

MP backs air strikes on militants

HENLEY MP John Howell says he voted with “a heavy heart” in favour of British air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

Parliament was recalled on Friday to debate how the UK should respond to a request for help from the Iraqi government.

The Government’s motion was passed by MPs by a majority of 534 to 43.

Mr Howell, who discussed the issue with Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond before the vote, said: “There was universal condemnation of ISIL as a barbaric organisation which was inflicting terror on a wide range of groups.

“I was particularly interested to pursue with the Foreign Secretary the potential impact that ISIL could have on Britain.

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