MPS across the region have branded David Cameron as “out of touch with public opinion” after Westminster voted on two motions in relation to the Syrian crisis.
Labour MPs Mark Tami (Alyn and Deeside), Ian Lucas (Wrexham) and Susan Jones (Clwyd South) all voted against the Government’s motion to intervene in Syria with US-led strikes on Thursday evening in Westminster.
All three local Labour politicians voted in favour of the second Labour-amended motion which recommended the possibility of intervention if the UN Security Council could provide evidence of chemical weaponary being used against the Syrian people by the Assad government.
Chester MP Stephen Mosley voted for the Government’s motion and voted against the amended motion, which was also defeated.
Speaking in the aftermath of the vote, Mr Tami said: “I don’t want to minimise what is going on in Syria and we must do everything in our power to stop their suffering.
“However, I don’t accept that military intervention in Syria is the answer. My major concern is that there is no end-game, no clear exit strategy and it will lead to us committing boots on the ground.
“This has been a big error of judgement by the Prime Minister, firstly by recalling parliament and trying to railroad this through, secondly by changing the motion he put to parliament, and thirdly by losing the vote on Thursday. The whole episode proves he’s out of touch with public opinion.”
Wrexham MP Ian Lucas said: “To me this looks like a serious misjudgement from the PM. Intervention needs to take place with the broadest possible support, through the UN if that is possible. This has been Labour’s position throughout and the PM has mishandled the process throughout.
“The overwhelming view from constituents was that they could not see what would be achieved by UK and US intervention.”
Labour whip MP Susan Jones said: “The Commons rightly stopped the Government in its dangerous tracks in a way that has not happened since the Suez Crisis in 1956. People do not want war.”
Stephen Mosley, Conservative MP for Chester, said: “I’m saddened that Parliament has voted to stand by and do nothing to protect the innocent victims of these disgusting and dreadful weapons.
“Since the vote, we’ve had the distressing news of an incendiary bomb attack on a children’s playground in the north of Syria.
“I’m deeply concerned that, due to our reluctance to help the people of Syria, there will be many, many more victims of Assad’s regime in the future.”