Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Nine Tory MPs who did not back Syria strike received Assad's hospitality
MPs speak of their experiences on trips over past 10 years, and decisions to abstain or vote against motion for military action
, political correspondent
Tuesday 3 September 2013
Nine Conservative MPs who did not vote for government plans
for launching military action in
received hospitality from the Assad regime
over the last 10 years, it has emerged.
They include Sir Richard Shepherd, Crispin Blunt, and David TC Davies, who all voted against the motion for military action. Tim Loughton, a former children's minister, abstained by walking through both lobbies.
Of the others, David Ruffley, Andrew Tyrie, and Andrew Rosindell, did not vote. Alan Duncan, a development minister, did not return from holiday to vote.
The ninth MP was Mark Simmonds, a Foreign Office minister, who said he missed the vote because he did not hear the division bell for the second vote last Thursday. He says he would otherwise have voted with the government.
They were among
at least 20 British MPs from the Tory and Labour parties who have declared hospitality received from the Syrian government
during trips between 2003 and 2009......"
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