After the early recall of Parliament last week to debate the situation in Syria, the first scheduled sitting of the House of Commons is this week and we have a busy few weeks ahead with debates ranging from the EU to the much anticipated Lobbying Bill which goes before the House of Commons next week.
On the important subject of Syria, you will no doubt be aware that I brought the situation in Syria to the attention of the House of Commons sometime ago when I accompanied some young people from Heysham High School to Downing Street to deliver a petition. While in London, the students were able to visit the German Ambassador’s residence and I presented the petition to the House of Commons.
Last week Parliament spoke and said very clearly that there will be no UK military involvement in Syria.
You may or may not be aware that the petition the pupils presented to Downing Street actually called for regime change in Syria. I was the first MP to call for regime change and my thoughts are still the same.
In my opinion, Assad will still kill his people to hang on to power and chemical weapons are indiscriminate; he will use them on civilians in his own capital city. That is his value of life and we must not allow this to continue. I voted for the stop of chemical weapons and parliament voted against. That’s democracy and thank god we have it. That is something I only wish I could give to the people of Syria.
I was able to speak to one of the pupils Ibrahim and his family over the weekend to explain the Government’s position. I was grateful of a Tweet to thank me for my help.
I am immensely proud that I gave some students from Heysham the opportunity to have their voices heard in Parliament, in Downing Street and to have an audience with the German Government’s representative in the UK.
I produce a regular e newsletter that is delivered directly to your inbox. If you would like to join my mailing list please take a look at my website. On the right hand side you will notice there is a section to subscribe.