Syria Air Strikes: Howarth Votes Yes, Rimmer No

By on Thursday, December 3, 2015

george_howarth_marie_rimmerAfter a day-long debate in the House of Commons yesterday (Wednesday 2 December), Members of Parliament voted 397 to 223 – a majority of 174 – to bomb ISIS targets in Syria.

Of Prescot’s MPs, George Howarth (Knowsley) voted in favour, and Marie Rimmer (St Helens South & Whiston) voted against.

In supporting the military action, Howarth went with the government and the Shadow Defence Secretary, Hilary Benn, who compared ISIS to Hitler, Mussolini and Franco, saying we must “confront evil” and “do our bit in Syria.”

Rimmer sided with party leader Jeremy Corbyn, supporting the Labour policy to oppose the air strikes. In an open letter to her constituents, she said Prime Minister David Cameron had “no clear plan at all” for the future of Syrian government after the proposed bombing, and said the action “appeals to pride rather than reason.”

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