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Hampshire MPs take part in vote that saw the Government defeated
10:58pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
Hampshire’s MPs tonight took part in the vote that saw the Government narrowly defeated on its motion on Syria.
It came as a major blow to the Prime Minister who saw his motion backing military action defeated by 285 votes to 272.
In what is thought to be an unprecedented parliamentary reverse over British military action, Tory rebels joined with Labour to inflict the humiliating defeat on David Cameron.
The motion backing the use of force ''if necessary'' in response to last week's deadly chemical weapons attack was rejected by a majority of 13.
Mr Cameron had already been forced to water down his stance - accepting Labour demands that direct British involvement would require a second vote following an investigation by United Nations weapons inspectors.
But the concession was not enough to win over enough coalition MPs, conscious that public opinion is heavily against any intervention and wary of the decade-long controversy over the Iraq war.
After the shock result and to shouts of ''resign'' from the Labour benches, Mr Cameron told MPs: ''I strongly believe in the need for a tough response to the use of chemical weapons.
''But I also believe in respecting the will of this House of Commons.
''It is clear to me that the British Parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action. I get that and the Government will act accordingly.''
Earlier this evening Labour leader Ed Miliband put forward an amendment calling on the Government to allow the UN weapons inspectors time to present their evidence, adding that there must be “compelling evidence” that Assad’s regime was behind the attack.
This suffered a much heavier defeat, with 332 MP’s voting against it, compared to 220 who voted yes.
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