CHRIS White, Warwick and Leamington's Conservative MP, rebelled against the government last night and voted against military intervention in Syria.
MPs voted against the government motion on possible military action in Syria by 285 votes to 272 in the House of Commons last night.
Today, Mr White explained the reason behind his decision to vote against his party.
He said: “Like everyone I was deeply shocked and appalled by the images that were reported from Syria. I abhor the use of chemical weapons and I do not support the Assad regime’s continuing use of violence. Despite those views, however, I did not believe that the interests of Britain or the Syrian people would be served by military intervention.
“Syria is in the midst of a bloody civil war and punitive missile strikes are unlikely to either prevent the further use of chemical weapons or improve the situation on the ground.
“The only long term solution for this crisis is political and diplomatic. Britain has a role to play in helping all sides to get around the table and chart a peaceful transition, a role that would not have been made any easier through missile strikes.
“Voting against your party is never easy, particularly when it is in Government, but I have a duty to represent the views of the residents of Warwick and Leamington – who are overwhelmingly against military intervention – and to consider the best interests of the country.
"I believe that I acted in this manner last night and I hope that we can now look forward to assessing what diplomatic effort Britain can make to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people.”
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