Potters Bar MP Oliver Dowden backs Syria air strikes

PUBLISHED: 16:14 17 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:29 17 April 2018

Debris surround the Syrian Scientific Research Center which was attacked by U.S., British and French military strikes to punish President Bashar Assad for suspected chemical attack against civilians, in Barzeh, near Damascus, Syria, Saturday, April 14, 2018. The Pentagon says none of the missiles filed by the U.S. and its allies was deflected by Syrian air defenses, rebutting claims by the Russian and Syrian governments. Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the director of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, also says there also is no indication that Russian air defense systems were employed early Saturday in Syria. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Debris surround the Syrian Scientific Research Center which was attacked by U.S., British and French military strikes to punish President Bashar Assad for suspected chemical attack against civilians, in Barzeh, near Damascus, Syria, Saturday, April 14, 2018. The Pentagon says none of the missiles filed by the U.S. and its allies was deflected by Syrian air defenses, rebutting claims by the Russian and Syrian governments. Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the director of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, also says there also is no indication that Russian air defense systems were employed early Saturday in Syria. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Potters Bar’s MP has backed the decision to launch 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.

Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden said: “I support her decision to launch targeted strikes to degrade the Assad regime’s capacity for using chemical weapons.

“We cannot allow the deliberate use of these outlawed weapons on unarmed civilians to go unchallenged.

“As the Prime Minister set out, military action needs to be part of a wider diplomatic effort to end the suffering in Syria.”

Mrs May came under fire for agreeing to join in the bombing without first seeking Parliamentary approval.

Asked whether Mr Dowden was content with that decision, he said: “It is a well-established principle that the Prime Minister has the right to take action to protect British national interests.

“No prior approval is needed for such limited operations.

“Parliament’s role is to scrutinise the Prime Minister’s decision, which is what the House did yesterday and will do again today [April 17].”


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