Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant warns delays are “boosting morale” of Islamic State fighters in Syria

Lichfield’s MP has warned that failure to take action in Syria is letting down victims of the conflict and “boosting the morale” of Islamic State fighters.

Michael Fabricant’s comments came in a House of Commons debate on national security and defence yesterday (November 23).

The Government has so far said it would not hold another Parliamentary ballot on joining other countries in carrying out air strikes until it could be certain of winning the vote.

Michael Fabricant MP

Michael Fabricant MP

But Mr Fabricant warned delays would have an impact on the ground.

“Of course members of Parliament on both sides of the House have concerns about action in Syria,” he said.

“Does the Prime Minister agree that, every day we delay action in Syria, it not only lets down our allies and the Syrian people but has the added effect of heaping confidence on, and boosting the morale of, ISIL fighters?”

David Cameron insisted that it was important that politicians made the right decision following a report from the Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday.

“We do not want to let down our allies,” he said. “We also should not allow dangerous terrorist organisations to build their strength by not intervening against them.

 Guillaume Paumier, CC-BY

David Cameron. Pic: Guillaume Paumier, CC-BY

“But, to be clear, I do not wish to bounce the House into a decision.

“Members of Parliament will be able to take it [the Foreign Affairs Committee report to be issued on Thursday] away and consider it over the weekend. We can then have a full day’s debate, proper consideration and a vote.

“That is a proper process.

“I want this House to take the decision deliberately, but we should not take too long over it, because every day that we spend is a day that we are not getting to grips with the ISIL menace.”

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  1. Dave Simcox

    24th November, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    Are Cameron, Fabricant et al unaware that the one thing bound to drive people into the arms of terrorist groups is to drop more bombs on already pulverised countries?
    The rise of Daish (ISIS, ISIL) can be traced back to the power vacuum left in Iraq by the US and its subordinate allies.
    This is just a knee-jerk reaction by the UK government with one eye on a jingoistic distraction from the destructive policies they are foisting on us – the back-door dismantling of the NHS, the persecution of working poor… I could go on!

  2. Toast of Lichfield

    26th November, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Nice to see El Fab’s continued default position is toeing the party line, whilst simultaneously somehow still representing ‘the views of Lichfield residents’ – many of whom wholly share Dave’s views above (btw – noble work in Calais, Bruford).

  3. Darryl

    26th November, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Bomb, bomb, bomb.

    Has it ever achieved a satisfactory conclusion? These people don’t innovate, they regurgitate.

  4. Rob

    27th November, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    At least the delay is providing another window of opportunity for the labour party to display its competence. Each week’s more hilarious than the last.