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Refugee & bereaved military mother urge May to consult Parliament over Syria

Ziad Swed Photo: ITV News

By Kris Jepson

A Syrian refugee and the mother of a British servicewoman killed in Iraq have urged the Prime Minister, Theresa May, to consult Parliament over taking military action in Syria.

Ziad Swed, who has lived in Gateshead for 16 months and still has family in Raqqa, told ITV News Tyne Tees "If Assad goes, we still have a problem. Just like how Saddam was taken. He’s been gone for 13 to 14 years, but till this day there are wars in Iraq. The same thing will happen in Syria".

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The Prime Minister, Theresa May, is meeting with her Cabinet to discuss the possibility of joining the US and France in taking military action against Syria President Bashar al Assad's regime, following an alleged chemical attack in Douma on Saturday.

Elsie Manning Credit: ITV News

Elsie Manning, the bereaved mother of Staff Sergeant Sharron Elliott, who was killed in 2006 during an attack in Southern Iraq, told ITV News the Prime Minister must consult with Parliament before sending the military into another conflict.

She's doing a Tony Blair, where she's just jumping, going in there, not thinking at all about anything. Not a thought about the consequences for afterwards. What's going to happen? The repercussions from the Iraq War, from Afghanistan. Has she not learnt anything at all? Mrs May, if you've got any conscience, keep out of it. Keep our people out of it. It's our people you're putting at risk.

– Elsie Manning, Mother of Stf Sgt Sharron Elliott
Phil Wilson MP Credit: ITV News

Sedgefield MP, Phil Wilson, who is a close ally to Tony Blair and has defended the former PM over the Iraq War, said if there is a vote following the Easter recess, he will back military intervention.

We shouldn't be allowing Assad to get away with the use of chemical weapons on his own people. We can stand back and do nothing, but there will be consequences for that as well. I don't want to see any other dictators around the world starting to use chemical weapons in a war situation or against their own people, because they think they can get away with it.

– Phil Wilson MP, Labour, Sedgefield