Local MPs were amongst the politicians that voted by 397 to 223 to authorise UK air strikes against Islamic State in Syria in the House of Commons earlier this evening (Wednesday 2nd December 2015)
This is how they voted
Stoke-on-Trent Central MP Tristram Hunt – For
Stoke-on-Trent North MP Ruth Smeeth – For
Stoke-on-Trent South MP Rob Flello – Against
Newcastle under Lyme MP Paul Farrelly – Against
Stoke-on-Trent Central MP Tristram Hunt also voted in favour of the air strikes.
Following the vote Tristam Hunt said: “The recent horrific events in Paris have demonstrated that we can no longer stand by and allow ISIL a safe haven from which to attack our allies and plot terror attacks on the streets of the UK. With backing for military action from the United Nations, and after a direct appeal from our French allies, I believe that Britain has an obligation to join the international efforts to defeat them.”
Rob Flello was quoted as saying : “I’m opposed to military action in the current circumstances but the situation is dynamic and I will continue to consider what is in the best interests of the UK and, indeed, globally while calling for stronger action.”
The RAF could start operations over Syria within the next 24 hours.