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MP Chris White votes for Syria air strikes - two years after voting against attacks

Laura Kearns 2nd Dec, 2015 Updated: 5 hours ago

MP Chris White has voted for the UK taking military action in Syria, two years after voting against it.

MPs yesterday voted by 397 votes to 223 for UK action after a ten-hour Commons debate.

Soon after the resounding vote in favour of air strikes against so-called Islamic State targets in Syria, RAF Tornado jets had taken off from their base in Cyprus to carry out their first mission.

The UK has joined other countries including France, the US and Russia in bombing IS targets.


The Warwick and Leamington MP was one of 30 rebel Tories who voted against a Government motion to take military action in Syria in 2013. The motion was defeated by 285 to 272 votes.


The UK has joined other countries including France, the US and Russia in bombing IS targets.

Mr White said: There is a clear threat to our national security from ISIL. They have attacked Ankara, Beirut and Paris in recent months and have repeatedly tried to attack us here in Britain. There have been seven attempted terror attacks in Britain the last year alone and ISIL has been behind more than 40 terror attacks around the world during the same period.

I believe that we must be responsible for our own security and not allow our allies, who have asked for our help, to shoulder this burden.”

Kenilworth and Southam MP Jeremy Wright – who is also Attorney General and will have been advising the government of the legality of the planned strikes – also voted in favour of military action.

Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi also backed air strikes.