Friday, August 30, 2013
Nick Harvey and Geoffrey Cox ‘out of the country’ as Parliament voted against Syria action.
A LOCAL Green party member has slammed North Devon MP Nick Harvey and Torridge and West Devon MP Geoffrey Cox for not attending yesterday’s Parliamentary vote on action in Syria.
Ricky Knight called it ‘an absolute abrogation of their representative duties at one of the most historic and crucial watershed moments in British political history’.
According to their offices, both MPs were out of the country and unable to get back for the vote, which saw a government motion on military action against Syria’s government defeated by 285 votes to 272.
Mr Harvey offered his thoughts on the crisis on his Facebook page, stating that: “The world cannot ignore the kind of atrocities we have recently witnessed in Syria.
“The pain and suffering will continue whether intervention takes place or not: that is why we should only move towards military action cautiously and without haste.”
But despite being ‘gob-smacked and overjoyed’ with the result of the vote, Mr Knight said it was ‘utterly shameful’ that the former Armed Services Minister, who stood against the Iraq war in 2001, was not there.
And Mr Cox was clear that action should not be entered into lightly, saying that there needed to be clear evidence, minimal impact on civilians and maximum international support.
““I was unable to be present for the debate on Thursday because I was travelling with my family in the Middle East at the time parliament was recalled,” he said.
“When I learned of the recall, I was in constant contact with my office and with Number 10 in the course of which these views were made known to the Prime Minister.”