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Most Shropshire MPs back Syrian air strikes

By Keri Trigg | Politics | Published: | Last Updated:

All but one of Shropshire's MPs have come out in support of Theresa May's decision to authorise air strikes on Syria.

RAF Tornados took off from RAF Akrotiri to conduct strikes in support of Operations over the Middle East. (Cpl L Matthews/PA)

The prime minister gave the go-ahead for missiles to be launched in a joint effort with the US and France, in response to the apparent use of chemical weapons on the rebel-held city of Douma by the Assad regime.

Possible UK involvement in air strikes was voted out by MPs in 2013, but this time the command was given without seeking a parliamentary vote.

Daniel Kawczynski, MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, is the only MP in the region to voice his disagreement with the move.

He said MPs should have the final say on launching air strikes, rather than the prime minister going for a "knee-jerk reaction".

But not everyone agrees.

Telford MP Lucy Allan said she "fully supports the PM's actions and leadership", while North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson said: "I approve of the bombings, and I'm happy for the Prime Minister to get on with it."

An RAF Tornado (MoD/PA)

Ludlow MP Philip Dunne and The Wrekin's Mark Pritchard have also backed Mrs May's actions.

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Mr Dunne said: "I support the decision by the PM to join carefully calibrated precision military strikes to degrade Syrian chemical weapons capacities, after Assad had claimed to have destroyed such weapons, then used them on his own people."

Mr Pritchard said: "I fully support the Prime Minister. Chemical weapons cannot be used with impunity.

"However, I do hope the conflict in Syria will end with a diplomatic and political solution rather than an escalation of violence."

Over the border in Montgomeryshire, Glyn Davies MP said it was with a "heavy heart" that he supported the prime minister's move to act without parliament's prior agreement, but said he would have voted in favour the strikes if it came to it.

"I think she has probably done the right thing," said Mr Davies.

"It is important that Assad receives a message that the use of chemical weapons is not acceptable, and this has been achieved by three prominent members of the United Nations Security Council."

Keri Trigg

By Keri Trigg
Reporter - @KeriTrigg_Star

Reporter for the Shropshire Star and Shrewsbury Chronicle based in Shrewsbury.

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