The government voted to launch airstrikes against Isis in Syria, but how did your MP vote?
The government voted to launch airstrikes against Isis in Syria on Wednesday, but how did your MP vote?
Hove MP Peter Kyle was one of 66 Labour MPs who voted with the government to launch airstrikes in Syria.
The controversial move saw protests outside his constituency office this week. He also revealed he was sent a picture of a dead baby by an anti-war campaigner. He told a national newspaper: “As somebody who has worked in the field as an aid worker I don’t need to see that photograph to understand how shocking what can happen in conflict is. People have put deep thought and a lot of anguish into this decision and are taking a very principled stance. We need to have respect for each other’s views on this.”
Mr Kyle told his constituents: “I promised you when I was elected that I would never duck the big issues and would always be upfront about my views even when - actually, especially when - it concerns a subject as controversial as this and about something so many people feel extremely passionate.”
He set out his reasons for supporting the airstrikes, and said: “If the government can provide enough certainty that aid, resource, and organisation will be provided rapidly for what comes after military action then I will support it.”
Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, opposed the airstrikes and said: “I have still to see any evidence to suggest that UK bombing Isis targets in Syria is likely to increase our security here in Britain or help bring about a lasting peace in the region in question - to the contrary, the evidence appears to suggest it would make matters worse.”
And Simon Kirby, Conservative MP for Brighton Kemptown voted with the government for airstrikes. As an assistant whip for the government, his job is to ensure Conservative MPs vote with the party.
He said: "Whether or not to use military force is one of the most significant decisions that any government takes and I believe that the House of Commons has taken the right decision to begin airstrikes against Daesh in Syria.
"This is part of a comprehensive response to this threat which includes not just military action, but a parallel political process through the International Syria Support Group. It is also about continuing our humanitarian effort in Syria and our counter-extremism strategy at home.
"The action authorised last night is in the national interest. We will now work with our allies against this threat to our country to help keep Britain safe.”
MPs voted 397 to 223 to approve the motion on airstrikes in Syria.