MPs across the area back the intervention in Libya

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POLITICIANS across the area have given their support to the UN-backed action in Libya.

All MPs across The News area voted aye on Monday evening, except Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock, who was not present at the debate, because of a long-standing prior engagement.

In total, 557 MPs voted in favour of the no-fly zone, after a six-and-a-half hour debate in the House of Commons on Monday evening and 13 voted against it, which means the UK will now implement ‘all necessary measures’ to protect civilians – particularly those in the rebel stronghold Benghazi.

The no-fly zone also calls for an immediate ceasefire, an end to the violence, measures to make it more difficult for foreign mercenaries to get into Libya and a tightening of sanctions.

Mr Cameron said during the debate: ‘If Gaddafi’s attacks on his own people succeed, Libya will become once again a pariah state festering on Europe’s border, a source of instability, exporting terror beyond her borders – a state from which hundreds of thousands of citizens could seek to escape, putting huge pressure on us in Europe.

‘We should also remember that Gaddafi is a dictator who has a track record of violence and of support for terrorism against our country – the people of Lockerbie, for instance, know what this man is capable of.

‘So I am clear: taking action in Libya, together with our partners, is clearly in our national interest.’

Labour leader Ed Miliband also supported the action against Gaddafi’s regime, telling the Commons: ‘It is a just cause, with a feasible mission and it has international support.’