MPs back plea to bomb Isil in Syria

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  • MPs across Portsmouth have supported the prime minister’s plea to bomb terror group
  • They claim Isil is a ‘deadly threat’ to the UK’s way of life
  • It comes as the PM called on MPs to vote on a resolution to launch airstrikes in Syria
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BOMBING jihadist extremists in Syria will help to protect the UK from future terror attacks.

That’s the view that Conservative MPs from across the area have expressed.

hat has happened in Paris could very easily come to these shores again and, whether we attack these extremists or not, we are still a target for a regime that wishes to destroy our way of life.

George Hollingbery, Meon Valley MP

It comes as prime minister David Cameron gave a speech to MPs yesterday, urging them to back a UK-led bombing campaign of Isil in Syria.

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt felt striking at the heart of the terrorist group was needed after the atrocities in Paris.

She said: ‘I believe it is the right thing to do, to protect those ground troops fighting this evil organisation and degrade Isil’s ability to wage terror in Syria and on our own streets.’

The armed forces minister said to lose any vote on bombing Isil would be ‘a propaganda victory’ for the jihadists.

However, Portsmouth Lib Dem leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson was ‘not convinced’ by the PM’s plea.

He said: ‘It’s so easy to say “look, we will just go and bomb them”. But no-one has explained how just doing an air campaign will beat Isil.’

In his speech the PM pledged Britain would ‘not put boots on the ground’ and called on MPs to consider voting for airstrikes in Syria.

Portsmouth is already playing a part in the war against Isil in Syria.

Earlier this month, HMS Defender was sent to provide air protection to a French aircraft carrier launching airstrikes against Isil in Syria in the wake of the Paris massacre.

Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond said military action was ‘a difficult decision’ and ‘never something to be taken lightly’.

She said: ‘I feel too that we cannot leave our security, or the security of the world for that matter, solely to others.’

Havant MP Alan Mak said Isil posed ‘a direct threat to Britain’ and that the UK had to ‘tackle them head on’.

Gosport’s MP Caroline Dinenage said the move to mobilise was not something she supported lightly, but she said Isil did pose a ‘deadly threat’ to the UK.

Likewise, Fareham MP Suella Fernandes said deploying the nation’s armed forces was ‘the most serious decision’ a government could take but agreed the time was right.

George Hollingbery, Meon Valley MP, added: ‘What has happened in Paris could very easily come to these shores again and, whether we attack these extremists or not, we are still a target for a regime that wishes to destroy our way of life.’

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