Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner, who voted against military action in Syria. Picture by Ashley Vaughan.
ISLE of Wight MP Andrew Turner was among 30 Conservative MPs to last night (Thursday) rebel against a government motion for British Military intervention in the Syrian crisis.
Earlier this week Mr Turner raised fears the use of military force without UN approval could lead to a global conflict and was among those to call for a parliamentary recall before any decision was taken.
Yesterday (Thursday) prime minister David Cameron put forward a motion that would have allowed British military intervention, depending on the result of UN inspectors' reports, further action by the UN and another vote in the House of Commons.
But the motion was defeated by 13 votes, 285 to 272, with 30 Tories and nine Lib Dems rebelling — leading Conservative education secretary Michael Gove to brand them a disgrace after the debate.
Earlier this week Mr Turner, who voted against the war in Iraq in 2003, warned of the dangers of British military intervention.
"Syria is a volatile tinder-box of violence. A single spark could set the whole region ablaze – and it could have unanticipated consequences in the wider world.
"Yesterday the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, set out the Russian position; that the use of military force against Assad without UN approval would be a 'grave violation of international law’ and described it as a 'very dangerous’ and 'very slippery path’.
"There could hardly be a clearer warning that this situation has the potential to escalate into a global conflict. I believe that there are circumstances where UK forces may be justified in acting in our national interest without UN approval – but the situation in Syria certainly does not meet those criteria at the moment," he said.
*Mr Turner told the County Press today (Friday): "The answer to dealing with a hornets nest is not to hit it with a stick."
He said it was not known what effect military intervention would have on civilians in Syria or the region.
Mr Turner revealed he had made his views clear to Mr Cameron ahead of the debate and added that he did not believe there would be a UN resolution that would back military intervention as he believed it would be opposed by Russia and China.