PM still argues for Syria action

David Cameron has said he will continue to argue for a "robust response" to the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons even though British military action had been ruled out after MPs voted against the principle of intervention.

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Miliband: Britain can still make a difference in Syria

Britain can still make a difference in Syria, Labour leader Ed Miliband wrote today after he voted against the Government's motion on the principle of military intervention in the country.

Writing in the Guardian, Mr Miliband said the UK's global position lies in a "hard-headed multilateralism".

Labour party leader Ed Miliband speaks during a debate on Syria in the House of Commons Credit: PA

He added: "We must use next week's G20 meeting in Russia, with the eyes of the world on Syria, to seek to bring the international community together, and force the warring parties into the political solution that is necessary.

"But the vote remains an important moment: for parliament, for the country and for Britain's relations with the world.

"This moment also gives us the opportunity to learn the right lessons for the conduct of foreign policy across all parties".

US 'values special relationship' with the UK

The United States "values the special relationship" with the United Kingdom, the White House said in a statement.

The president spoke with Prime Minister Cameron today as part of their continuing consultations on the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons on August 21, which they agree is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated.

As always, the United States values the special relationship with the United Kingdom, a close ally and friend.

The president and Prime Minister agreed to continue to consult closely on Syria and the broad range of security challenges that our two countries face together.


UK and US special relationship 'still intact'

David Cameron insisted the special relationship is still intact Credit: Reuters

Downing Street has insisted that the US special relationship is still intact, despite Britain's MPs voting against military action in Syria.

David Cameron and President Barack Obama spoke on the phone about the Syrian crisis this evening.

In a statement, Downing Street said: "President Obama said he fully respected the PM's approach and that he had not yet taken a decision on the US response."

"They agreed that their co-operation on international issues would continue in the future."

Obama tells Cameron he 'respects' Syria stance

President Obama wants to see 'strong' response on Syria Credit: PA

US President Barack Obama told David Cameron he "fully respected" the approach the Prime Minister has taken over Syria in a telephone call tonight, Downing Street said.

The PM insisted he still wants to see a strong response to the chemical weapons attack on the outskirts of Damascus during the 15-minute discussion following the Commons defeat that has ended any possibility of British military intervention.

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President Obama and the Prime Minister spoke by phone just under an hour ago.

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PM 'accused Miliband of siding with Russia' over Syria

Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband. Credit: PA Wire

The Prime Minister accused Ed Miliband of "siding with" the Russian Foreign Minister and "letting down America" over Syria, a Labour source told the Guardian.

The newspaper said Mr Cameron made the comments during a phone call with the Labour leader a day before a Commons vote on the principle of military intervention in the war-torn country.

Those involved 'would have known there was a division'

A House of Commons spokesperson said: "Both divisions proceeded as normal last night, with division bells and the usual audio/visual indications on the hundreds of monitors around the estate.

"The division bells have been tested this morning and are working correctly."

The spokesperson added: "There would have been a lot of activity there around those (meeting) rooms.

"I think it would have been clear that there had been a division on and those involved would have known there was a division on as well."

Your views: Military action in Syria

We asked you if you agreed with MPs who voted against a motion on the principal of military action in Syria.

Most of the responses we received agreed with the politicians, for a range of different reasons:

  • Beth Nimmo: "They need to fix our own country before trying to fix others so yes absolutely."
  • Becky Griffiths: "I wonder if the ones voting for our troops to go there would be as eager to go there themselves. I think not! Great decision for our troops not to get involved."
  • Suzanne Hammie Hamill: "Absolutely YES!! Bombing a country that is already suffering, is NOT the answer. What will it ever achieve? More innocent civilians killed?!! There has been far too much bloodshed as it is."

However there were also some dissenting views who believe the UK should consider military action in Syria:

  • Adrian Cleary: "No I do not agree and the MP's who voted no should hold their head in shame, let's just give them the green light to carry on bombing and using chemical weapons."
  • Claire Stickens: "No! We shouldn't stand by and watch what's happening - we should act."

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