Boris Johnson: Syria motion should go back before MPs

London Mayor Boris Johnson has said he "sees no reason" why the Government should not put a new motion before Parliament regarding intervention in Syria.

Writing in the Telegraph today, he said that the defeat of the Government motion on Thursday had been likened to "flunked the global virility test".

If there is new and better evidence that inculpates Assad, I see no reason why the Government should not lay a new motion before Parliament, inviting British participation – and then it is Ed Miliband, not David Cameron, who will face embarrassment ...

If you add the Tories and Blairites together, there is a natural majority for a calibrated and limited response to a grotesque war crime. I predict that by the end of this episode it will be Labour that looks divided, and David Cameron who looks the statesman.

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London