CHRIS White, Warwick and Leamington's Conservative MP, rebelled against the government last night and voted against military intervention in Syria.
The 46-year-old was one of 30 Tory MPs who voted against the government motion in the House of Commons authorising the possible use of military force in Syria.
Alongside nine rebel Liberal Democrats and 224 Labour MPs, they defeated the motion by 285 votes to 272.
Stratford-upon-Avon’s Conservative MP, Nadhim Zahawi, supported David Cameron and voted in favour of military intervention.
In a speech he intended to make to the House of Commons, he said: “We must not allow ourselves to believe that we can do nothing for the Syrian people.”
Recognising the concern, he said the model for intervention should not be Iraq in 2003.
“There can be no more nation-building,” he said. “We simply don’t have the capability. Indeed, the most powerful country in the world doesn’t have that capability. Any intervention by Britain must have a clear objective and defined limits.”
But Mr Zahawi, an Iraqi-born Kurd whose family fled the country when Saddam Hussein rose to power, said: “In the age of total war there are virtually no moral limits on what a state might do in the pursuit of its military objectives. Where such limits do exist they must be upheld by responsible members of the international community.
“The Kurds of Iraq know this only too well. When Saddam bombed Halabja with mustard gas and nerve agent in 1988 the world looked on in horror - and did nothing.
“But our inertia didn’t prevent further conflict, it made it more likely. With Saddam emboldened, the gassing of Halabja was followed by the invasion of Kuwait. From Munich to Srebrinca, the lesson of history is that one violation of international law leads to another.”
Because over 99 members wished to speak, Mr Zahawi’s speech was cut short to three minutes and he was forced to deliver a condensed version. The full version is available on his website.
Prime Minister David Cameron said he would respect the defeat, and ruled out joining any military action led by the United States.
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