Jim McGovern backs Labour’s Syria Motion
29 August 2013
Dundee West MP Jim McGovern today has given his support to the motion tabled by Ed Miliband and Douglas Alexander calling on the government to delay its plan to intervene in Syria.
During his statement to the House of Commons Ed Miliband announced that the Labour Party would not support the government’s motion, which sought parliamentary approval for military operations against Syria in response to allegations that the Assad regime used chemical weapons against its own people.
The Labour Party made it clear that they were not convinced by the government’s evidence.
The party called for the United Nations weapons inspectors to be allowed to complete their report into the alleged chemical attack before parliament could make a decision.
The party also called for a road map to be drawn up which ensured a careful and considered approach was taken, and which accorded with international law and in co-operation with the United Nations, and they called for the consequences of any action to be fully considered before being committed to.
Ed Miliband made the party’s view clear that the priority must be reviving the stalled peace talks and that if any action by the British would harm that process it should be avoided.
Jim McGovern said;
“I believe that Ed Miliband and the Labour Party have provided much needed leadership in this crucial matter.
“It was vital that parliament had its say and that the caution adopted by the Labour Party, and forced on the government, was exercised.”
“It will not do ourselves nor the Syrians any good to rush into a decision which we may come to regret and which may cause more harm than good.
“The government must do a better job at gathering the evidence to support their case, they must let the inspectors do their work and they must work within the confines of international law.
“If they do this they need to place their plans before parliament again.”
Mr McGovern concluded,
“Ending the conflict through negotiations and peace talks is critical, and I completely agree with Ed that we should act in a way which assists that happening.
“For that reason I will be voting for Labour’s motion tonight and I will not be supporting the government.”
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