MP hits out at Syria airstrike campaign

SNP MP Corri Wilson has hit out at the decision to launch airstrikes in Syria in a bid to defeat terrorists in the region.

The Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock MP voted against the airstrikes in a debate last Wednesday but the Government won the vote with the support of 397 MP’s, with 223 voting against the action.

The last week has seen RAF crews including those from Lossiemouth launch airstrikes in the region in a bid to defeat Daesh, with the first RAF jets heading from Cyprus just an hour after the vote was confirmed.

However Ms Wilson has expressed her anger, especially after 57 of Scotland’s 59 MP’s voted against the airstrikes.

She said: “Despite major concerns and widespread opposition, Scotland has again been dragged into a war with no plan for peace and no exit strategy.

“We are still waiting, after many years, on the outcome of the Chilcot Inquiry, and many people are asking when the lessons of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya will be learned.

“People across this constituency have been writing and emailing me in huge numbers, expressing their feelings on this issue, and only a tiny percentage have been in favour of these airstrikes.

“The House of Commons have voted to give the green light for military action without any comprehensive plan for peace and reconstruction.

“We are all committed to destroying Daesh, but I remain unconvinced that airstrikes will achieve this goal.”

Ms Wilson also urged the Government to do more to help refugees, a number she think will increase due to the airstrikes.

She said: “Now that the Prime Minister has ordered UK Forces to conduct operations over Syria, we must start planning how we address the consequences of this action. Parliament’s decision will lead to a greater number of Syrian refugees, and so we now have a moral obligation to expand our current plans to offer shelter to the men, women and children who will inevitably suffer as a consequence.”

Outlining the case for airstrikes, Prime Minister David Cameron said in the House of Commons: “We face a fundamental threat to our security. Isil have brutally murdered British hostages, they have inspired the worst terrorist attack against British people since 7/7 on the beaches of Tunisia, and they have plotted atrocity after atrocity on the streets here at home.”

Mr Cameron also called on MPs to “answer the call from our allies” and take action against the “woman-raping, Muslim-murdering, medieval monsters” of IS, who he warned were “plotting to kill us and to radicalise our children right now”.

He said MPs faced a simple question: “Do we work with our allies to degrade and destroy this threat and do we go after these terrorists in their heartlands from where they are plotting to kill British people, or do we sit back and wait for them to attack us?”

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