Prime Minister David Cameron’s motion for air strikes against ISIL / Daesh in Syria was passed with 397 MPs for and 223 against.
In a speech to the House of Commons during the debate before the vote, Richard Burden (Labour) said he felt it had been the right decision for the UK to carry out air strikes in Iraq to push back Daesh.
However, he said that UK participation in air strikes in Syria would be “handing Daesh, on a plate, a propaganda victory and we will allow impressionable people to be won towards their murderous brand of jihadism.”
Watch Richard Burden’s speech:
Following the results of the motion, Mr Burden told B31 Voices: “I disagreed with the Government’s proposal for British forces to join the bombing of the Syrian town of Raqqa and I cast my vote accordingly. Whatever way any of us cast our vote, however, all of us have a responsibility to do what we can to defeat the evil that is Daesh/ISIL.
“That includes tackling Daesh’s murderous ideology, the grubby deals that keep them in business and working for an end to the civil war in Syria in which they survive. Given the nature of Daesh, I also believe that military action against Daesh is unavoidable if they are to be defeated. But it has to be part of a strategy that adds up.
“I believe it was on that point that the Government’s proposal was lacking.”
Along with Mr Burden, Longbridge councillor and Yardley MP Jess Phillips and Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe voted against the motion, while Edgbaston MP Gisela Stuart voted for.