Sunderland MPs undecided on air strikes against Isis

Julie Elliott new Labour Party MP for Sunderland Central.

Julie Elliott new Labour Party MP for Sunderland Central.

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WEARSIDE MPs have vowed to take a close look at the motion on military action against Islamic militants Isis before deciding how to vote.

Parliament has been recalled today to vote on the possibility of action after a request for assistance from the Iraqi government.

Proposals were hammered out at a cabinet meeting yesterday, after David Cameron told the United Nations the UK was ready to play its part in confronting “an evil against which the whole world must unite”.

The Prime Minister warned Britain must not be so “frozen with fear” of repeating the mistakes of the Iraq War that it fails to take on the “psychopathic, murderous, brutal” jihadis.

Amid speculation that RAF planes could join US and French allies in bombarding IS targets as early as this weekend, Mr Cameron declined to discuss when the operation might begin or how long it would last, but acknowledged that it could take “quite a long time”.

He said he was “confident” of receiving support from the three major parties in the parliamentary vote, avoiding the embarrassment of a repeat of last year’s defeat over plans to bomb Syria.

Sunderland’s three MPs were united in saying the UK should not rush into war.

Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson, said: “I will look very closely at what the Government is proposing, to ensure it complies with international law, has a reasonable prospect of success, broad regional support and a just cause.

“The democratically-elected government of Iraq has asked for Britain’s help in combating Isis, a brutal group that has killed and terrorised thousands of civilians.

“It is right that Parliament has been recalled to debate this request for help.”

Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson, agreed the Government had been right to call MPs back to Westminster.

“The Government have done the right thing in recalling Parliament so that MPs can have their say on the very serious threat posed by Islamic militants, and what role the UK should play in tackling them.

Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott said it was too early to say how she would be voting.

“I haven’t seen the motion and I will decide what I am going to do when I see what we are being asked to vote on.

“How can you say what you are going to do either way, until you know what you are being asked to vote on?

“I don’t know who anybody can say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ either way.”