Some of the Ulster MPs who helped defeat a Government proposal for military intervention in Syria have explained their reasons.
On Thursday night, the Commons voted by 285 votes to 272 against with the DUP, SDLP and Alliance votes crucial in gaining the slender majority.
DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds said the “barbaric scenes” from Syria had shocked the world but repeated his party leader’s assertion that the civil war was “not a simple case of good versus evil”.
He said: “With no clear long-term strategy, and with the added danger of widening the conflict to include Lebanon, Israel and Iran, the Prime Minister simply couldn’t convince Parliament or the people of the UK that British resources should be committed which could end up helping Al Quaeda and prolonging violence.”
SDLP MP Mark Durkan said: “It was clear during the debate that that shallow certitude from the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister were no answer to the deep uncertainties that abounded about their intended course of action.”
East Belfast MP Naomi Long also voted against. She acknowledged the “sickening” scenes in Syria but said: “I am not opposed to military intervention in all circumstances; however, I remain unconvinced that the case exists for such intervention at this time.”