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South west Hertfordshire MPs minded to vote for Syria military intervention
The majority of MPs in south west Hertfordshire have indicated they are minded to support military intervention in Syria following reports of chemical weapons attacks on civilians.
Three of the four Conservative MPs said a message needed to be sent to the Assad regime that a line had been crossed.
MPs have been called back from recess early to vote on a motion tomorrow proposing military action against the regime.
The details of the motion are still being hammered today, but this morning Prime Minister David Cameron said the country could not "stand idly by" while the chemical weapons were being used.
He said: "What we have seen in Syria are appalling scenes of death and suffering because of the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime and I don't believe we can let that stand.
"Now of course any action we take or others take will have to be legal, would have to be proportionate, it would have to be specifically to deter and degrade the future use of chemical weapons."
Today Watford’s MP Richard Harrington said he was waiting to see what the final motion would look like and wanted to hear from constituents about their views on potential military action on Syria.
However he said he was minded to support some military action to show the Assad regime it was unacceptable to use chemical weapons.
He said: "My instinct is that we have to draw a line somewhere and gassing children is a good line to show dictators.
"We can’t get involved in all these complex situations but we need to show dictators they cannot engage in chemical warfare.
"I think we cannot stand idly by. We let it happen with the Holocaust and with Rwanda and Bosnia and it was all too late."
His colleague in south west Hertfordshire, David Gauke, who is the Exchequer Secretary, said he was minded to vote for military intervention.
Exchequer Secretary David Gauke.
The MP, who has cut short his holiday in Provence, France, to come back for the vote, said: "I will want to see the motion but I think it is right to take action that is legal and proportional.
"It is not acceptable to use chemical weapons and that is longstanding."
James Clappison, the MP for Hertsmere, said he was also inclined to support the Prime Minister’s stance.
MP for Hertsmere James Clappison.
He said: "I support what the Government has said so far but I want to see the motion. I realise this is an incredibly sensitive part of the world. But I think it is right that Parliament hears what is proposed."
Hemel Hempstead MP, Mike Penning, who represents Kings Langley, said he wanted to see what the motion said be before deciding which way to vote.
He said: "We need to wait and see what the motion says. It is right that parliament was recalled at this time.
Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning
"I have been appalled as I am sure many people have by the distressing scenes of people suffering the effects of a chemical attack.
"But I would want to see what the motion is before deciding how I will vote."
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