SDLP MP hits out at Cameron

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SDLP MP Mark Durkan hit out at suggestions by David Cameron that those opposing the airstrikes were “terrorist sympathisers”.

He was not convinced by the Prime Minister’s claims that he has collated concerns about airstrikes into a “comprehensive strategy”. “I am not among those who, in arguing against the motion, claim that airstrikes will increase the risk of a terrorist attack in any constituency in the near term; I do not think that it makes a difference one way or another to a threat that is real and live.

“However, I think that there is a severe risk of feeding what we are trying to fight – of feeding a wider agenda of radicalisation – by agreeing to airstrikes and so adopting the role that the jihadism playbook craves us to adopt.”