Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles "deeply ashamed" of Syria vote result
Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles has told BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? panel show he feels “deeply ashamed” after MPs voted against the principle of Britain’s military intervention in Syria.
Parliament was recalled after chemical weapons killed hundreds of people in Syria on August 21 and inflicted thousands of injuries. Prime Minister David Cameron’s bid to deter Syria's use of chemical was defeated by 13 votes
Mr Boles, the Planning Minister, said on the show on Friday that the only people pleased with Thursday’s result are the Iranian president, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.
He said: “I’m deeply ashamed of what we have done. While we were debating we thought we were debating an atrocity that had killed 330 people.
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“We have learned that there’s now 1,400 deaths from that single attack, of whom 400 were children.
“In Kosovo, in Libya, in other situations, we have used military power to protect lives and we have succeeded in doing so without substantial cost to or own in terms of the lives of our forces and of money.
“There’s plenty of precedent for doing so.”