Eastbourne MP supports plans to launch UK strikes in Syria

Caroline Ansell SUS-150511-171150001
Caroline Ansell SUS-150511-171150001

Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell believes UK action against Islamic State militants in Syria is in the national interest.

She has joined the debate over whether the UK should launch a bombing campaign in Syria.

Mrs Ansell said she agreed with Prime Minister David Cameron that if launching UK air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria will “make us safer”. then it “must be taken very seriously as an option”.

David Cameron is due to hold a Commons vote on Syria air strikes possibly as early as next week.

The Prime Minister recently told MPs that “we face a fundamental threat to our security” and could not wait for a political solution, and that doing nothing “could make the UK more of a target for Isil attacks”.

“That bomb in Paris, that could have been London,” said Mr Cameron. “If they had their way, it would be London.”

This week Mrs Ansell said, “The Prime Minister was right when he said we are already a target for Isil and, if a bombing campaign in Syria will lessen the chance of a Paris style attack in the UK, then it must be taken very seriously as an option.

“Not to do everything possible in the face of this threat to our way of life would be a grievous error, and I do believe in principle that action against Isil in Syria is in the UK’s national interest, particularly when we are already engaging with these extremists over the border in Iraq.

“Voting for an intervention that will cost lives is something an MP should never take lightly and I will be looking very carefully at this complex and fluid situation over the coming weeks before I make any final decision.”

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