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Bromley MPs vote in favour of military action in Syria

PUBLISHED: 15:51 30 August 2013 | UPDATED: 15:52 30 August 2013

Bob Neill said a vote for military intervention would be made with

Bob Neill said a vote for military intervention would be made with "heavy hearts".

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Bromley's MPs supported Prime Minister David Cameron in voting for military intervention in Syria at the House of Commons last week.

Bob Neill, who represents Bromley and Chislehurst, described the use of chemical weapons in the Middle East as a “red line” and said any vote for military action would be made with “heavy hearts”.

Orpington MP, Jo Johnson, and Beckenham MP, Bob Stewart, also voted in favour of intervening in Syria.

The motion, which was narrowly defeated by a margin of just 13 votes, said the House of Commons “deplores” the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime and “agrees that a strong humanitarian response is required from the international community and that this may, if necessary, require military action”.

Although a further vote would have been needed, a yes vote would have paved the way for military intervention in Syria’s escalating civil war.

Mr Neill said: “As well being an act of appalling barbarity, this is arguably the most serious and blatant breach of international law this century. The international community cannot let the perpetrators go unpunished.

“Ultimately, the use of chemical weapons is, and should be, a ‘red line’ for the international community. If peaceful means fail, and provided a clear case is set out, the rule of law, and sheer humanity, may require us, albeit with heavy hearts, to take direct action.”

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