My Position on Syria

Today I have written to constituents to set out my position on Syria. You can read my letter here:

 

Dear friend,

 

 

 

It is likely that in the forthcoming days MPs will be asked to vote on whether the UK takes part in air strikes in Syria. I have received a huge amount of correspondence regarding this crucial issue and I therefore wanted to make my position clear.

 

 

 

I was present in Parliament last Thursday and listened intently to the Prime Minister’s statement when he set out his case for UK forces to commence a bombing campaign against ISIS / Daesh in Syria.

 

 

 

Voting for military action is one of the most difficult decisions an MP could possibly face and it is not a decision which I take lightly. I have taken time to read your emails as well as speaking to members, constituents, colleagues and experts gauging their thoughts and views.

 

 

 

The UK is under severe threat from an ISIS / Daesh attack and in recent months there have been as many as seven foiled attacks. As in the recent attacks in Paris and Tunisia, fatal terrorist attacks in modern times in the UK have been carried out by home-grown jihadists. I am not convinced that airstrikes in Syria will ultimately make us any safer here in the UK. Instead, I believe that we need to invest further in policing and a wider counter-terrorism strategy.

 

 

 

The situation in Syria is incredibly complex and I am deeply conscious that at the heart of this debate are millions of innocent civilians. Without doubt the world cannot sit back while this humanitarian crisis persists and I certainly do not advocate a policy of passively doing nothing. However, I do not believe that the airstrikes proposed by the Prime Minister are the best form of action to take at this time and I am also unconvinced that there are currently ground forces with the capability to defeat ISIS / Daesh, without which airstrikes are of extremely limited use even just for a military strategy.

 

 

 

On this basis the Prime Minister has failed to convince me that pursuing air strikes in Syria is part of a longer-term and comprehensive strategy and I therefore intend to vote against the motion.

 

 

 

I want to thank everyone for contacting me with their views. I hope I have helped you understand why I have taken the decision that I have.

 

 

 

Yours,

 

 

 

Paula  

  


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  • commented 2016-08-17 01:44:12 +0100
    It’s really true: “The situation in Syria is incredibly complex and I am deeply conscious that at the heart of this debate are millions of innocent civilians. Without doubt the world cannot sit back while this humanitarian crisis persists and I certainly do not advocate a policy of passively doing nothing.”
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  • commented 2015-12-02 14:32:24 +0000
    Thank you for publishing your views on this very serious matter. I believe throwing more bombs around will not make matters any better. We need to be working towards finding solutions to problems and not escalating the situation. I also managed to express my views to Lord Hattersley last week who suggested he would vote in favour.
  • commented 2015-12-02 11:21:34 +0000
    Paula,
    Thank you and well done for outlining your position. Please do everything within your power to persuade the government and your party colleagues that bombing Syria is the wrong course of action.

    Darren
  • commented 2015-12-01 23:19:40 +0000
    I agree…well done Paula.
  • commented 2015-12-01 21:49:07 +0000
    Paula,

    Well done for identifying and summarising so clearly the very strong case against David Cameron’s proposed action.

    Whilst it is obvious that a peace plan is desperately needed and that military force will play a big role, this action without a full plan for peace will only cause further harm.

    Please do all you can to convince your colleagues in Westminster to follow your example!
  • commented 2015-12-01 19:40:51 +0000
    Well done Paula for not supporting air strikes
  • commented 2015-12-01 16:23:46 +0000
    Well done Paula, it’s so important to listen to the people who rarely get a chance to make a decision that consequently could affect their lives in a non positive way! Hopefully a lot more will follow suit because after all the back stabbing of jeremy corbyn he is part and parcel of what real and compassionate people want.. They shouldn’t go down the blairites route..
  • commented 2015-12-01 15:29:25 +0000
    Well done Paula
    Ian Murray has similar views
    Let’s try every other thing we can do