BOTH THURROCK MPs are united in their stance on Syria.
Stephen Metcalfe and Jackie Doyle-Price return to parliament on Thursday to discuss what action the UK should take after it is alleged that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people.
Thurrock MP, Jackie Doyle-Price said:
“I am ashamed that the world has sat back for so long. I think the behaviour of Russia and China in resisting action through the UN Security Council is nothing short of disgraceful. Their behaviour has led Assad to think he can get away with murder, years and so far he has. in the interest of humanity the world cannot continue to turn a blind eye when people are being murdered and the whole region destabilised by the displacement of refugees. This persecution has now been going on for two years.
We in Britain are lucky to live in a free society and Britain can be proud of its role in advancing the cause of freedom and liberty throughout the world. There are those who say action is not in the national interest. I would state that defending humanity is very much in the national interest. If we condone evil, it will flourish and the world will become an ever more dangerous place. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council it is our duty to uphold international law. Britain must show moral leadership and I am proud that we are doing so. Just as it required military action to stop the atrocities in the former Yugoslavia we must make a stand and show the world that civilised societies will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons.
I have no truck with those who would do nothing. That was the same sentiment that saw Chamberlain come back from Hitler with a meaningless bit of paper-it merely delayed intervention. The world must act and the time is now.
South Basildon and East Thurrock MP, Stephen Metcalfe said:
“I am sure none of us want to get embroiled in another Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya, but I am sure we all agree that no-one should use chemical weapons and any use merits a serious response from the international community.
There is little doubt that this was an attack carried out by the Syrian regime. There was no evidence to suggest that the opposition had the capability to carry out such a significant attack and the regime had launched a heavy offensive in the area in the days before and after the incident. The regime had also prevented UN access in the immediate aftermath, suggesting they had something to hide.
There should be a strong response to this outrage from the international community. The Prime Minister has said he is looking at options and he is not ruling anything in or out.
As we don’t know who we would be supporting we must proceed with great caution and make decisions based on facts which is why, as you may have heard, the Government has decided to recall Parliament this Thursday.
Any action in response to the chemical weapons attack in Syria would have to be utterly legal, proportionate and specifically designed to deter their future use.
What I hope we will hear is more detail about what intelligence the Government has and what progress they are making with persuading the Russians to take a much tougher stance against Assad and the regime.
I also hope is that the action of recalling Parliament and the discussion of what action may be taken will persuade the UN to renew its efforts to get an international consensus that will see the situation in Syria improve. For that to happen, the Russians must be included and need to take a more pivotal role.
With regard to any vote that may take place tomorrow, I am as yet unaware of the wording of the motion and therefore unable to say if I will vote for or against the motion, but be assured I understand your concerns and will consider all arguments before voting.