HENLEY MP John Howell has backed air strikes against the so-called Islamic State in Syria
HENLEY MP John Howell has backed air strikes against the so-called Islamic State in Syria.
MPs took part in a marathon 10-hour debate in the Commons on Wednesday before voting by 397 to 223 for military action.
Before the vote, Mr Howell said: ?I fully intend to back the move to launch airstrikes against ISIL. I cannot see that the arguments put forward as to why we should not do this have any validity. This is not a move simply supporting party loyalty. It is based on my assessment of the situation.
?The scale of the threat that we face from ISIL is unprecedented. ISIL has already taken the lives of British hostages and inspired the worst terrorist attack against British people since 7/7 on the beaches of Tunisia. My conscience tells me that there can be no doubt that it is in our national interest for action to be taken to stop and degrade ISIL. We are already a target for ISIL and not engaging in the airstrikes will have no effect on this at all.?
Mr Howell said he was ?worried? that bombing might hurt civilians but said the UK intended to use high precision missiles and not ?carpet bomb the whole of Syria, as some emails have tended to suggest?.
He added: ?Peace is a process, not an event. I agree it cannot be achieved through a military assault on ISIL alone but the strategy must start with degrading and defeating ISIL. Throughout our history, the United Kingdom has stood up to defend our values and our way of life. We can, and we must, do so again.?