Ben Bradshaw

Working Hard for Exeter

Question on Syria

Yesterday the Prime Minister gave a statement to the House of Commons on the recent G20 meeting.  I asked him about his decision to rule out a second vote on Syria.

Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter) (Lab): Why, when 492 out of 577 Members of this House supported, or did not rule out, the potential use of force in Syria, has the Prime Minister been so categorical in ruling it out, including refusing even to contemplate bringing the matter back to the House, whatever the circumstances?

The Prime Minister: The figures the right hon. Gentleman gives are interesting. The point I would make is that I put into the Government motion the fact that we should listen to the weapons inspectors, have a process at the United Nations and have a second vote before action. I included everything that his Front Benchers wanted—every single thing—so the fact that they did not vote for it shows me that they are not serious about the issue; they are serious about political positioning. As Prime Minister, it is very difficult to deal with that. That is why I believe the House spoke quite clearly.

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