EXCLUSIVE: Why South Dorset's MP Voted Against Military Intervention in Syria
10:42am 30th August 2013
"I simply couldn't understand how firing missiles would work", the words of South Dorset's MP Richard Drax who voted against UK military action in Syria.
He was one of 39 coalition MP's who rebelled against the Prime Minster in the House of Commons last night (Thursday 29th August).
The vote, of 285 votes to 272, a majority of 13, forced the Prime Minster to step down and abandon any plans for Britain to participate in military strikes against the Assad regime, following last week's alleged chemical weapons attack.
In an exclusive interview MP Drax told Wessex FM why he didn't back military intervention:
"What's the actual objective? I simply couldn't understand how firing missiles would work. And what if it didn't work? Would we fire more missiles, and then more? Syria is in an appalling mess. It's a civil war and it's very regrettable the massive loss of life. This particular conflict isn't in the national interest."
The South Dorset MP also told us getting involved could turn countries that support the Syrian President against us:
"Frankly, the wider repercussions of interference by the West are really quite alarming bearing in mind we have huge players like Russia, China an Iran. So all in all I felt it right to vote against a war in Syria and I wanted to stop that in its tracks."
Across the pond in Washington, the White House says it will act in its 'best interests' in dealing with the Syria crisis - and is yet to decide on a response to last week's alleged chemical weapons attack.