MP Grant Shapps: ‘Voters don’t have appetite for war in Syria’

PUBLISHED: 11:18 30 August 2013 | UPDATED: 12:32 30 August 2013

MP Grant Shapps

MP Grant Shapps

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WELWYN Hatfield MP and Cabinet Minister Grant Shapps has conceded there is no appetite for military action against Syria in the UK.

MP Grant ShappsMP Grant Shapps

Mr Shapps also revealed constituents had contacted him opposing any strike on the Middle Eastern country.

He said he was struck by “beyond horrific” images emerging from Syria, which he attributed to a chemical attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

But a vote last night put paid to Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan to launch cruise missiles at Syrian government targets.

He was defeated by 272 votes to 285 and was urged to resign by some of those sitting on the Labour benches. .

It was the first defeat of a PM on an issue of war and peace since 1782.

Mr Shapps told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “In terms of the vote last night, I felt there was the need for a strong response to the use of chemical weapons by Assad. “The pictures on our TV screens were beyond horrific.

“However, the House of Commons has spoken and it’s clear from both the vote and from constituents who contacted me that the country is not ready to involve itself in any international action.

“We get that and the Government will act accordingly.”


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