Welwyn Hatfield Lib Dem challenger slams missile strike

PUBLISHED: 10:21 14 April 2017

Nigel Quinton.

Nigel Quinton.

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Welwyn Hatfield’s would-be Liberal Democrat MP has said the US air strike on a Syrian air base last week is not the answer to the country’s bitter civil war.

Although Conservative MP Grant Shapps has praised President Donald Trump’s decision to launch cruise missiles against the Shayrat air base in response to the deaths of more than 80 civilians from poison gas, his Lib Dem challenger Nigel Quinton disagrees.

The parliamentary candidate, who lives in Lemsford, said: “Trump’s missile attack will have little effect unless it is accompanied by a serious attempt to secure global agreement towards a solution in Syria.

“By taking unilateral action, Trump has dealt another blow to a rules-based international system which should rely on the UN, not bombs.

“Maybe by being ‘unpredictable’ he will cause Putin and Assad to act more cautiously, but my feeling is that the world is a more dangerous rather than safer place with him in the White House.

“What Syria needs,and the rest of the region and Europe too, is an end to the fighting. Insisting on Assad’s departure seems doomed to failure, so the US needs a change of tack.”

However, the missile strike was supported by national Lib Dem leader Tim Farron.

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