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DID YOUR MP REPRESENT YOUR VIEW

 
09:00 - 27 February 2003
 
 Last night MPs were asked to vote on two motions, one put by the
Government and the other by Labour rebel and former minister Chris
Smith.

BEN BRADSHAW

Labour, Exeter

1. YES: I voted for the motion because if the UN now fails to implement
its own resolution, the consequences for the future peace and prosperity
of the world would be cataclysmic.

2. NO: The amendment undermines UN resolution 1441 and would take the
pressure off Saddam.

ANTHONY STEEN

Cons, Totnes

1. YES: The Government motion calls on Saddam Hussein to get on with it
and disarm and I am certainly in favour of that.

2. YES: I am against a war and I voted for being against a war. But it
is just a motion - it does not commit anything. The two motions are
consistent and I think we will get another vote.

ANGELA BROWNING

Cons, Tiverton and Honiton

1. YES: The Government motion is quite sound in what it says. My only
caveat would be that if they do take action I hope it is with UN
support. That is pretty imperative.

2. NO: We have the PM's word that we will act through the UN and I
cannot believe the UN will back action unless there is a good case.

ADRIAN FLOOK

Cons, Taunton

1. YES: I voted with the Government. As 40 Commando Royal Marines are
now in Kuwait ready to go on the instruction of the Government they
deserve all our support.

2. NO: I could not vote for this amendment because it ignores the plain
truth being told by the inspectors.

GARY STREETER

Cons, South West Devon

1. YES: I voted with the Government motion which supports efforts in the
UN to disarm Iraq, and I am satisfied the PM is handling this very well.


2. NO: I do not agree that the case for military action against Iraq is
as yet unproven. If Saddam complies, then fine; if he does not then the
case has already been made.

LINDA GILROY

Labour, Plymouth Sutton

1. YES: I support the Government and the line it is taking through the
UN. It aims to continue to exert pressure on Saddam Hussein. We have to
listen to what the inspectors are telling us.

2. NO: I thought that was a bit of muddled thinking. They seemed to be
second guessing the UN weapons inspectors.

COLIN BREED

Lib Dem, South East Cornwall

1. NO: I voted against the Government because war is not appropriate at
this moment. The inspectors should be given more time.

2. YES: I voted for the amendment because the case against Iraq is
unproven. There are serious consequences of attacking somebody on a
pre-emptive basis.

IAN LIDDELL-GRAINGER

Cons, Bridgwater

1. YES: I voted with the Government because any action should be done
through the UN and I have great faith in the UN.

2. NO: I have sympathy with the 'unproven bit', but I have been in talks
with senior Government figures who are privy to intelligence reports we
cannot be told about.

HUGO SWIRE

Cons, East Devon

1. YES: I am of the view that we have to do something, and the sooner we
can do it the better.

2. NO: We are sending a message of weakness to Iraq. Those opposing war
need to answer the question of how they would act to alleviate the
suffering of the Kurds and the Iraqi people.

RICHARD YOUNGER-ROSS

Lib Dem, Teignbridge

1. NO: The Government motion is set to prepare the way for an
American-led war with Iraq before the British troops are committed.

2. YES: We need to give more time to the process. It is not right to put
British lives at risk if this can be resolved without doing so.

JOHN BURNETT

Lib Dem, Torridge & W Devon

1. NO: I voted alongside all other Liberal Democrats against the
Government's motion. I and many others who have been in the military
agree that war should be a last resort.

2. YES: I do not think the case against Iraq has been proved and I agree
that Hans Blix should be given more time.

NICK HARVEY

Lib Dem, North Devon

1. NO: I voted against the Government because it will be a disaster if
Britain goes to war without giving the inspectors more time.

2. YES: I voted in favour. To embark on a war without UN backing would
encourage more terrorism and disrupt the future of the UN and the world
order.

PAUL TYLER

Lib Dem, North Cornwall

1. NO: I voted against the Government. UN inspectors believe if they are
given more time they can achieve more in terms of disarming Iraq.

2. YES: I voted for the amendment. If Hans Blix comes back and says we
are not getting anywhere then that is a different situation. We are not
there yet.

DAVID JAMIESON

Labour, Plymouth Devonport

1. YES: I voted for the very sensible motion laid down by the Prime
Minister and others - support of the United Nations resolution 1441. If
we don't put it into effect, the whole of the UN will collapse.

2. NO: This is just a nonsense to me. People were using the same
arguments back in 1938.

CANDY ATHERTON

Labour, Falmouth-Camborne

1. YES: It complements UN resolution 1441 and it is critical the UN is
strengthened if we are going to have a safe and peaceful world order.

2. NO: I don't think the case is necessarily proven, but I do think
Saddam is playing fast and loose with the international community.

ADRIAN SANDERS

Lib Dem, Torbay

I did not support the Government because it is the last opportunity to
have our say. If it goes through we will not get a substantive vote on
sending troops in.

2. YES: I supported the amendment. If there is evidence, action must be
taken and I will support military action but we are not there yet.

ANDREW GEORGE

Lib Dem, St Ives

1. NO: This fails to answer the question whether military action would
make future acts of terrorism more or less likely.

2. YES: In the present circumstances it would be madness to take
military action when, with a little more time, we might find a peaceful
solution.

MATTHEW TAYLOR

Lib Dem, Truro and St Austell

1. NO: After 11 years of inspections and four years without, just
another 11 weeks of inspections has not been enough to give peace a
chance.

2. YES: The case is not yet proven for war. We must control Saddam
Hussein, but war should only be the last resort.