Syria: Doyle-Price: “Saddened” by “Little Englanders”

THURROCK MP, Jackie Doyle-Price has reacted with anger to the vote for the UK not to join any military action in Syria.

Ms Doyle-Price said: “I am really saddened by what happened in the House of Commons on Thursday. We behaved like little England, not Great Britain.

“As a permanent member of the UN Security Council it is our duty to give moral leadership to the rest of the world when atrocities of the kind witnessed in Syria are being perpetrated.

“I do appreciate that there are colleagues who have very real concerns about intervention and I have no quarrel with them.

“But I am disappointed by the weakness shown by some colleagues who have worried more about the correspondence in their inboxes than by doing what is right.

“As Members of Parliament it is our job to show leadership and judgment, not be weathervanes. We should exercise that judgment soberly considering the consequences of inaction as well as action.

“The spectacle of MPs conducting straw polls via Twitter and email reflects a dumbing down of politics which is unseemly when considering questions of war and peace and life and death.

Sometimes leadership means doing things which may not appear to be politically expedient. But we should not be in politics if we do not have the courage of our convictions Doing the right thing is in Britain’s DNA. When we are faced with the heinous crime of a country using chemical weapons on its own people, morality dictates that something must be done.

By failing to endorse the Government’s position the House of Commons has inflicted lasting damage on Britain’s reputation around the world. No longer will Prime Ministers and Foreign Secretaries be able to show international leadership. Britain’s proud tradition of advancing the cause of liberty and freedom around the world has been sacrificed.

Ed Miliband should feel ashamed of himself. The Prime Minister acceded to all his requests – publication of the legal advice; a commitment that no military intervention would take place until the weapons inspectors had reported; a commitment to no intervention without a second vote in Parliament, but no, Mr Miliband refused to play. Miliband could have behaved like a statesman. He chose opportunism instead. Still if you become leader of the Labour Party via the office of Tony Benn and special adviser to Gordon Brown with not a lot of the real world thrown in, politics will seem like a game. But this is more than a game – we are dealing with people’s lives.

But we are where we are. By failing to support the Government we have given a green light to any country to gas it’s citizens. One hundred thousand people are dead, millions displaced and we are doing nothing. Thankfully we can rely on the US and France to defend humanity. Make no mistake, Britain’s role in the world has been badly damaged by this shameful episode.

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