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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.


MP '90%' likely to support Government response

Neil Parish. Credit: ITV News West Country

The Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton Neil Parish said he will listen to the debate and is 90 percent likely to support the Government's response to claims that the Syrian regime used poison gas on its people.

Mr Parish said; "We are not putting in any ground forces and the bombing is restricted to Military chemical weapons. I am not filled with enthusiasm but I agree that action is needed because of Assad's use of Chemical weapons."

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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