Blair: Syria vote result 'shocking and understandable'

Tony Blair said the Commons vote against involvement in military action in Syria was 'shocking' Credit: Press Association

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has said the result of the Commons vote on Syria was "shocking" but "understandable".

In an interview with the Sunday Times, he said: "The hesitation is born of the experience of intervention.

The truth is that intervening in Iraq and Afghanistan has been far more perilous and difficult than we expected.

But he also cautioned: "Intervention can be uncertain, expensive and bloody. But history has taught us that inaction can merely postpone the reckoning.

"We haven’t paid the bill for Syria yet. But we will".

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Hague: No Syria vote 'regrets'

The Foreign Secretary William Hague has said there should be no "regrets or recrimination" after the government lost a vote on military action against Syria. He also ruled out a renewed attempt to persuade MPs, saying "Parliament has spoken".