MP Grant Shapps ‘strongly supports’ UK air strikes in Syria
PUBLISHED: 16:49 16 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:49 16 April 2018
Welwyn Hatfield’s MP said he “strongly supports” the UK’s involvement in air strikes against the Syrian government.
Prime Minister Theresa May authorised Britain to join the US and France in bombing sites in Syria in response to a suspected chemical attack in Douma.
Former Tory Party co-chairman Grant Shapps tweeted: “Chemical weapon use is abhorrent & internationally banned.
“Parliament’s failure to respond in 2013 was taken by Assad & Putin as green light to continue gassing #Syrians.
“I therefore strongly support UK, US & French action. The message is clear, stop use of chemical weapons now!”
The strikes were aimed at three targets: A scientific research facility in Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facility and a chemical weapons equipment storage site.
In a separate tweet Mr Shapps said: “After UK parliament failed to act against #Syrian chemical attack in 2013, I listened in on Cameron/Putin phone call as Russian President mockingly thanked Cameron & UK parliament for NOT responding.
“It was clear Putin perceived West’s response as weak, indecisive & a green light.”
However, Welwyn Hatfield’s Labour leader, borough councillor Kieran Thorpe, said: “I am against the practice of dropping bombs on a country in order to prove a point to that country about dropping bombs on it’s people.
“Grant Shapps supports military action but has voted against allowing children fleeing these war crimes in Syria to enter the UK. He should be ashamed.”
But Mr Shapps responded: “In fact I voted for Syrian refugee children to settle in the UK and actually met with one of the families who now live in Welwyn Hatfield at my Hatfield office only a few weeks ago.”