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South Swindon MP against 'boots on the ground'

Robert Buckland. Credit: ITV News West Country

The Conservative MP for South Swindon Robert Buckland has told ITV News West Country he is totally against anything that commits the UK to putting ‘boots on the ground’ or to taking part in an operation on anything like the scale of Iraq.

He said he was deeply cautious and sceptical about wholesale engagement without any timescale or exit strategy, and that is why he will be listening very carefully to what is being proposed in Parliament on Thursday.

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Gloucestershire MP still to decide on Syrian vote

Laurence Robertson. Credit: Parliamentary Copyright

The Conservative MP for Tewkesbury Laurence Robertson has told ITV News West Country it is too early to say how he will vote once Parliament had debated what response, if any, it would make to the alleged poison attack in Syria.

Mr Robertson met President Assad in Damascus seven years ago and said the President had said to him; "Some people say that I'm [President Assad] a brutal dictator, while others say that I'm too weak to control my country".

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Badger culling: Debate in Parliament today

Badger culling officially became legal over the weekend Credit: ITV Westcountry

An Opposition Day debate on badger culling as a means of preventing bovine TB will take place in the House of Commons today.

Trial culls in parts of Somerset and Gloucestershire became legal at the beginning of the month.

The Badger Trust has released a video which they say shows the strentgh of opposition to culling.

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