Bombing Syria: How Doncaster, Dearne, and Epworth MPs voted

RAF Tornado GR4 returning to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus
RAF Tornado GR4 returning to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus

Only one of Doncaster’s MPs voted to support the bombing of terrorists In Syria in a vote last night.

In the free vote in parliament last night, Don Valley MP Caroline Flint voted backing the motion to supporting the extension of air strike to Syria.

Ed Miliband, MP for Doncaster North, voted against the motion, while Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton, the chief whip, abstained.

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In neighbouring areas, John Healey (Wentworth & Dearne) voted against the motion, as did John Mann, MP for Bassetlaw.

Conservative Andrew Percy (Brigg & Goole), who represents the Isle of Axholme voted in favour of the bombing, as did Labour’s Michael Dugher (Barnsley East).

MPs gave the green light for British pilots to launch bombing raids over Syria after a marathon Commons debate lasting more than 10 hours.

David Cameron’s motion seeking authorisation to order air strikes against the so-called Islamic State passed by 397 votes to 223, a majority of 174. A rebel amendment was seen off by 179 votes.

In a statement to his Doncaster North constituency, Mr Miliband said he opposed the plans to extend action against Islamic State, also known as Isil, into Syria.

He said: “Having listened to today’s debate and the many arguments that have been made, I will be voting against the Government’s motion tonight.

“I will do so because I do not think the case has been adequately made that extending British air strikes will either defeat Isil or make us safer here at home.

“A strategy for the defeat of Isil depends crucially on ground troops and a political settlement, or the path towards a political settlement. That is because Isil cannot be defeated from the air alone, as even supporters of air strikes acknowledge, and because Isil’s success depends on the vacuum created from a multi-sided civil war.

“Neither an explanation of who the ground troops will be, nor the political settlement we are seeking in Syria, or how we get there, has been provided by the Government. We would be going ahead without an adequate road-map or a clear strategy.

“The other case made for extending air strikes is that it will make us safer here at home. But I do not believe this case has been adequately made either.

“Isil is a network, not simply an organisation with a headquarters. What is more, nearly 3,000 coalition air strikes have already been aimed at Syria and the case for what British air strikes will add is weak.

“Isil can only be defeated in Syria with an effective and comprehensive plan. That is what is required and the proposition fails to meet that test. That is why I will be voting against the motion.”

RAF Tornado jets carried out the first British bombing runs over Syria last night, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

Shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn was lauded by MPs from across the House for making a powerful speech warning his party that “we never have and we never should walk by on the other side of the road”.