Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has voted to support the Government’s proposal to support the UN resolution calling for action to target ISIL-Daesh’s safe havens in Syria.
Prior to the vote, the MP had undertaken a survey of constituents and posted a survey on her website. The results showed a majority of constituents supporting military action against ISIL-Daesh.
Said Caroline: “This is not a vote to begin a new military campaign. The UK is already targeting ISIL-Daesh in Iraq using aircraft and drones; and we are active in Syria providing intelligence, refuelling and identifying ISIL-Daesh activity. The only difference is that up to now in Syria, other nations then carry out the air strikes. This week, parliament voted to allow the RAF to attack ISIL-Daesh across a border the terrorists don’t recognise. And we have done so, at the request of the United Nations.
“This motion argues that we must also devote energy to the peace talks in Vienna, to humanitarian assistance, and to cutting ISIL-Daesh flows of money and weapons. I strongly support that broader strategy to tackle ISIL-Daesh and bring about peace in Syria.”
The Don Valley MP was one of 66 Labour MPs who voted for the Government motion. Fellow Doncaster MP, Rosie Winterton was also supportive, but abstained as she is her Party’s Chief Whip.
Said Caroline: : “Decisions of this kind are some of the most difficult for Parliament to make, so I am very grateful to everyone who took part in my survey, or who sent me their views. And I considered all of those strongly held arguments, worries and fears, and have listened very carefully to the arguments before I voted.
“A clear majority of my constituents – 57% - who contacted me supported military action against ISIL-Daesh. Quite rightly, the two biggest concerns were worries about civilian casualties and a question about whether the UK’s involvement would make any difference. These are the very questions that were raised 15 months ago, when ISIL-Daesh were almost at the gates of Baghdad and the Iraqi Government requested our help. With our help, ISIL-Daesh were driven back and we saved countless civilian lives.
“ISIL-Daesh is a fascist cult who hate our way of life. The centre that plans their mass casualty attacks across the world is in Syria. They need to be disrupted and then defeated. It is only right that in response to a call by the United Nations, the UK joins the 60 nation coalition to defeat ISIL.
“No one voted for ‘war’. I voted to help to end the conflict in Syria, to reduce the numbers of displaced people and to protect vulnerable Syrian people.”
Caroline Flint survey found:
75% thought ISIL-Daesh are a great threat to the UK
57% supported military action
87% thought ISDIL-Daesh could not be defeated without help from other nations.
53% thought attacking ISIL-Daesh would not make Britain less safe, or would make us safer.