POLITICIANS have backed bombing Syria in a bid to destroy Islamic extremist faction Isil.
A all-day debate in the Commons resulted in 397 MPs voting in favour of air strike action, which includes all those locally, as opposed to 223 against.
And foreign secretary Philip Hammond revealed immediately after the vote wrapped up late tonight that RAF jets and drones will carry out air strikes on the jihadist terror group ‘as quickly as possible’.
Portsmouth North MP and armed forces minister Penny Mordaunt said it means the government can now push on ‘degrading’ Isil’s ‘capability’.
She also insisted the estimated 70,000 moderate Syrian fighters cited by prime minister David Cameron as a force on the ground to defeat terrorists would not be used to ‘take back Syria’.
She said a fresh government with military support would need to be drawn up through political means.
This is the right decision for Britain’s national security and the future of the Middle East.Havant MP Alan Mak
Ms Mordaunt said: ‘We have made the right decision and I am really pleased with the number of MPs who turned out and voted with their conscience.’
Welcoming the decision, Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond said: ‘In Portsmouth we have already had five young men travel to Syria, to be with Daesh.
‘I hold Daesh responsible for their deaths.
‘Daesh brainwashed them, and they will continue to try to brainwash other young people in our country until we degrade their ability to spread poisonous and dishonest propaganda.’
Havant MP Alan Mak said: ‘The House of Commons has taken a decisive, cross-party decision to take on Isil’s terrorists in Syria. This is the right decision for Britain’s national security and the future of the Middle East.’
The PM agreed Britain must answer the plea from its allies to ‘defeat the regime’ as he moved to calling the terror group ‘Daesh’ – a term offensive to fanatics.
However, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn branded Mr Cameron’s plea an ‘ill thought-out rush for war’.
A cross-party amendment tabled by Tory Basildon and Billericay MP John Baron saying the case hadn’t been made for airstrikes in Syria was thrown out by 390 votes to 211.