MP Karl Turner: Syria air-strikes vote a hard decision

Published: Tuesday 29th December 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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Hull East MP Karl Turner has revealed that voting on whether to authorise air strikes in Syria was one of the hardest decisions he has ever made.

MPs overwhelmingly backed UK air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria in early December, by 397 votes to 223, but Mr Turner voted against as he believes taking military action would not necessarily better protect Britons against terrorism.

He said: “Two questions for me; One: Is joining the coalition of air strikes going to make us safer? I don’t think it is and that’s why I voted against. Secondly: Is it going to help rid us of ISIL Daesh? I didn’t think it was going to do that either. So it was a difficult decision for me, I thought very long and hard about it.

“Dropping bombs on targets, I don’t think, is going to necessarily make us safer, I’ve got to just be honest about it. I don’t think it’s going to increase threats against us, but it’s certainly not going to help decrease it in my honest opinion.”

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Published: Tuesday 29th December 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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