Brent MP calls public meeting to discuss government’s plans to bomb Syria

Barry Gardiner is the Labour MP for Brent North

Barry Gardiner is the Labour MP for Brent North - Credit: Archant

A Brent MP is hosting a meeting on Sunday for his constituents so he can hear their views on whether the government should carry out airstrikes in Syria.

Barry Gardiner, Labour MP for Brent North, has organised the forum following the prime minister’s David Cameron’s announcement today that military invention could start next week.

According to Mr Cameron he has received information that Britain is in the ‘top tier’ of ISIS targets.

Mr Gardiner, who has held his seat since 1997, challenged the PM in the House of Commons.

He told the Times: “I challenged him on his plans because I don’t believe he has yet justified them.

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“I still feel his position is flawed and don’t believe important questions have been adequately answered.

“Any course of action must, in my view, improve the situation for people in Syria and protect Britain from the threat of terror.

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“I don’t believe anyone wants to see troops on the ground but air strikes alone will not be effective – and we have not been presented with a viable alternative.

“So, as it stands, I am not prepared to support the prime minister’s proposals.”

He added: “This is such a critical issue and decisions we make have the potential to impact so many lives – that I think it is only right to hold a public meeting to listen to the views of my constituents.”

The meeting will take place at St Cuthbert’s Church, Carlton Avenue West in North Wembley, at 7.30pm.

Dawn Butler, Labour MP for Brent Central, is also keen to hear her constituents’ opinion on the same subject.

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