Syria: protests and aid

A series of protests are due to take place around the region today opposing any plans for war against Syria. Meanwhile an aid centre in Sheffield is opening its doors for people to deliver aid for Syria.

Syria: anti-war protests

Anti- war protest in Leeds Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A series of protests have been taking place around the region today opposing any plans for war against Syria. Rallies have been held in Dortmund Square in Leeds, Centenary Square in Bradford and St George's Square in Huddersfield.

Demonstrations have also been held nationally, including marches through London.

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Protests about intervening in Syria

Protests will take place in the region Credit: Press Association

Protests against intervention are set to go ahead in the region despite a vote against the government on military action.

Demonstrations will take place in Bradford, Leeds and Huddersfield.

Meanwhile, people in Sheffield are being asked to donate aid which will be sent to Syria. Donations will be taken at Universal Computers on St George's Close from 11am.

Our region's MPs rebel against Syria motion

Six coalition MPs from our region have rebelled against the Government motion which backed UK military intervention in Syria.

They are:

  • Philip Davies MP, Con Shipley
  • David Davis MP, Con Haltemprice and Howden
  • Jason McCartney MP, Con Colne Valley
  • Peter Tapsell MP, Con Louth and Horncastle
  • Martin Vickers MP, Con Cleethorpes
  • Andrew Percy MP, Con Brigg and Goole

Yesterday six RAF Typhoons were deployed from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus in response to the heightened tension in Syria.

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Region's MPs debate Syria

Two of the regions MPs have voiced their opinions about Britain potentially being involved in military action in Syria. Julian Smith MP, the Conservative representative for Skipton and Ripon and Martin Vickers, the Conservative MP for Cleethorpes have been speaking to Calendar.

Report: Lincolnshire jets sent to Cyprus

British military intervention in Syria seems a step closer after jet fighters from Lincolnshire were sent to Cyprus to guard against potential air strikes by President Assad's regime.

Six Typhoon jets have flown out of RAF Coningsby to act as a "defensive shield" for a British airforce base on the island in the event of attack by what defence sources are calling "rogue aircraft."

The move puts our local service personnel closer to any potential front line. James Webster reports.

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