YOUR MP REPRESENT YOUR VIEW
09:00 - 27 February 2003
Last night MPs were asked to vote on two motions, one put
Government and the other by Labour rebel and former minister
1. YES: I
voted for the motion because if the UN now fails to implement
resolution, the consequences for the future peace and prosperity
of the world
would be cataclysmic.
2. NO: The amendment undermines UN resolution 1441
and would take the
pressure off Saddam.
1. YES: The Government motion calls on Saddam Hussein to get on
and disarm and I am certainly in favour of that.
2. YES: I am
against a war and I voted for being against a war. But it
is just a motion -
it does not commit anything. The two motions are
consistent and I think we
will get another vote.
Cons, Tiverton and
1. YES: The Government motion is quite sound in what it says. My
caveat would be that if they do take action I hope it is with
support. That is pretty imperative.
2. NO: We have the PM's word
that we will act through the UN and I
cannot believe the UN will back action
unless there is a good case.
1. YES: I voted with the Government. As 40 Commando Royal Marines
now in Kuwait ready to go on the instruction of the Government
deserve all our support.
2. NO: I could not vote for this
amendment because it ignores the plain
truth being told by the inspectors.
Cons, South West Devon
1. YES: I voted with
the Government motion which supports efforts in the
UN to disarm Iraq, and I
am satisfied the PM is handling this very well.
2. NO: I do not agree
that the case for military action against Iraq is
as yet unproven. If Saddam
complies, then fine; if he does not then the
case has already been made.
Labour, Plymouth Sutton
1. YES: I support
the Government and the line it is taking through the
UN. It aims to continue
to exert pressure on Saddam Hussein. We have to
listen to what the inspectors
are telling us.
2. NO: I thought that was a bit of muddled thinking.
They seemed to be
second guessing the UN weapons inspectors.
Lib Dem, South East Cornwall
1. NO: I voted against the
Government because war is not appropriate at
this moment. The inspectors
should be given more time.
2. YES: I voted for the amendment because the
case against Iraq is
unproven. There are serious consequences of attacking
somebody on a
1. YES: I voted with the Government because any action should
through the UN and I have great faith in the UN.
2. NO: I
have sympathy with the 'unproven bit', but I have been in talks
Government figures who are privy to intelligence reports we
cannot be told
Cons, East Devon
1. YES: I am of the
view that we have to do something, and the sooner we
can do it the better.
2. NO: We are sending a message of weakness to Iraq. Those opposing
need to answer the question of how they would act to alleviate
suffering of the Kurds and the Iraqi people.
Lib Dem, Teignbridge
1. NO: The Government motion is set to
prepare the way for an
American-led war with Iraq before the British troops
2. YES: We need to give more time to the process. It is
not right to put
British lives at risk if this can be resolved without doing
Lib Dem, Torridge & W Devon
I voted alongside all other Liberal Democrats against the
motion. I and many others who have been in the military
agree that war should
be a last resort.
2. YES: I do not think the case against Iraq has been
proved and I agree
that Hans Blix should be given more time.
Lib Dem, North Devon
1. NO: I voted against the Government
because it will be a disaster if
Britain goes to war without giving the
inspectors more time.
2. YES: I voted in favour. To embark on a war
without UN backing would
encourage more terrorism and disrupt the future of
the UN and the world
Lib Dem, North
1. NO: I voted against the Government. UN inspectors believe if
given more time they can achieve more in terms of disarming Iraq.
2. YES: I voted for the amendment. If Hans Blix comes back and says
are not getting anywhere then that is a different situation. We are
1. YES: I voted for the very sensible motion laid down by the
Minister and others - support of the United Nations resolution 1441.
we don't put it into effect, the whole of the UN will collapse.
NO: This is just a nonsense to me. People were using the same
It complements UN resolution 1441 and it is critical the UN is
if we are going to have a safe and peaceful world order.
2. NO: I don't
think the case is necessarily proven, but I do think
Saddam is playing fast
and loose with the international community.
I did not support the Government because it is the last
have our say. If it goes through we will not get a substantive
sending troops in.
2. YES: I supported the amendment. If
there is evidence, action must be
taken and I will support military action
but we are not there yet.
Lib Dem, St
1. NO: This fails to answer the question whether military action
make future acts of terrorism more or less likely.
2. YES: In
the present circumstances it would be madness to take
military action when,
with a little more time, we might find a peaceful
Lib Dem, Truro and St Austell
1. NO: After 11 years of
inspections and four years without, just
another 11 weeks of inspections has
not been enough to give peace a
2. YES: The case is not yet
proven for war. We must control Saddam
Hussein, but war should only be the