Darren on the current Syria situation

Darren said:

Thank you to those of you that have been in touch with me about Syria. I want Parliament to have a say, but I haven’t been told by the Government yet whether this will happen.

My current view is that it needs to be made clear that the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable. Therefore, something must be done about what has happened in Douma.

However, I haven’t yet been provided with the evidence, the options or the view on consequences of those options for taking military action in Syria.

Airstrikes don’t seem to solve the issue, and taking any further action to defeat Assad still leaves us with the potential of an unacceptable leadership in Syria from the Assad opposition. This is a complicated situation that requires careful consideration and a calm approach.

If I do get the chance to vote, I will listen to the Government, the evidence and the debate in the House. Until then I’m keeping an open mind about how I vote (not least because I haven’t yet been told what I’d be voting for!).

I hope that helps, and I promise to keep you all posted.

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