MP Anne Main misses vote on potential military action in Syria because she's on holiday (From St Albans & Harpenden Review)
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MP Anne Main misses vote on potential military action in Syria because she's on holiday
St Albans MP Anne Main has missed an important vote on whether Britain should take potential military action in Syria because she was on holiday.
The Government was defeated by a narrow 13 vote majority on its motion over possible UK military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
MPs had to return to Westminster early after being recalled to vote on a motion.
The US and France look set to launch strikes against the dictator’s forces after reports nerve gas was used on civilians earlier this month.
Today Anne Main’s office said she missed the vote because she was still on a family holiday.
Ms Main said: “I am completely opposed to taking direct military action against Syria, and I am prepared to vote against taking such action. Indeed I have signed an EDM and a letter to the Prime Minister stating this.
“When the vote yesterday was downgraded from seeking parliamentary assent for military action to an ill defined motion discussing principle less than 24 hours before the vote was due, I chose to abstain and not to cut short my holiday with my family despite plans to do so.
“The Prime Minister’s position shifted significantly under pressure from back benchers such as myself as he realised he did not have back bench approval for such a step. The motion was therefore rapidly watered down and a promise of a future vote was given for any military action.
“I do not know why the Prime Minister rushed to recall Parliament before UN weapons inspectors had completed their work. My post bag suggests the Government had significantly misjudged the public mood on this matter.
“In light of the Prime Minister’s comments, despite previous assurances of a future vote, Parliament is now unsure if this vote will take place; however should this come before the House I will be voting against military action and I have maintained this position throughout."
The letter referred to was delivered to the Mr Cameron earlier this summer regarding UK action such as arming the rebels to be subject to a full parliamentary debate and vote.
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