Libya

I will be voting in favour of the Government resolution tonight in support of our armed forces taking part in the enforcement of the United Nations resolution 1973.

The full resolution is as follows:

That this House welcomes United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1973; deplores the ongoing use of violence by the Libyan regime; acknowledges the demonstrable need, regional support and clear legal basis for urgent action to protect the people of Libya; accordingly supports Her Majesty’s Government, working with others, in the taking of all necessary measures to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under threat of attack in Libya and to enforce the No Fly Zone, including the use of UK armed forces and military assets in accordance with UNSC Resolution 1973; and offers its wholehearted support to the men and women of Her Majesty’s armed forces.

Voting in favour of putting our brave armed forces in arms way is one of the most difficult issues that a Member of Parliament has to face. I know from speaking to colleagues that many have thought long and hard before deciding to vote in favour of this resolution. I will post the result of the vote once it is known later in the day.

UPDATE The vote was carried by by 557 to 13.

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  1. So that is 3 wars we are in now. However, the MOD is facing stupid cuts that leave the UK vulnerable to attack. You are already scrapping harriers and the Ark Royal and I bet they would have been handy right now. Surely you shouldn’t scrap something until something else is ready to take its place.

    In addition, we have soldiers been given their P45’s when they are on the front line, which is altogether out of line. When someone is facing live fire, the last thing that they want to hear is that they are facing the axe, by a government or country who are supposed to be supporting them when they are fighting for your polices.

    We have barely enough equipment to help our troops on the front line of both Iraq and Afghanistan, yet we are getting involved in Libya too. The next will be Iran, and I bet it is all got to do with their natural resources.

    So where is the money ‘that we don’t have’ going to come from?

    We haven’t enough money to sort our own people out, yet we are going out finding more trouble. It does not make sense and people are finding that the foreign policy compared to the domestic policy sucks big time.

    What happened to the promise of not commit our forces again without a proper Parliament Debate and allowing the people of this nation the chance to know why it is so important you get involved in this travesty of justice, when there are so many different regimes around the world who commit horrible acts against their own people and we never get involved?

    Sorry but I don’t get your logic in this one.

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