My letter in Ilford Recorder on my Syria vote
Your report last week claims "Mike Gapes voted against intervention". I did not. What I voted against was the attempt by David Cameron and Nick Clegg to get support for a precipitate rushed move to military action following an unnecessary recall of Parliament.
After the Labour amendment was defeated we were all surprised that the Government motion was also defeated, after a much larger than expected Conservative and Liberal Democrat rebellion . I was then even more surprised when the Prime Minister immediately ruled out any British role in military action on this issue whatever happens and even if thousands or hundreds of thousands more civilians are murdered by Assad's regime.
Labour had never ruled out the use of force in principle. But the Prime Minister now has.
As I told the Commons in the debate "In three or four years’ time we will still be confronting the issue of chemical weapons and we must get real about that. I will be supporting the Opposition amendment today, but I think we must go further."