David Cameron yesterday started the countdown to UK military action in Syria with a Commons motion designed to appeal directly to Labour MPs.
The Prime Minister won the backing of his Cabinet for his 12-point motion on a 'broader strategy', which seeks to answer MPs’ worries about mission creep, military strategy, UN authorisation, the diplomatic process and humanitarian and reconstruction costs.
MPs have today been debating the motion as well as a proposed amendment, a vote on the former expected at 10:30pm tonight, the latter due at 10pm.
And Govt business motion. Until any hour.. but not later than 10pm pic.twitter.com/76eQCRtzu4— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) December 1, 2015
The website theyworkforyou.com will list how every MP voted, or you can follow the vote on the parliamentary website.
It's expected the majority of the 330 Conservative MPs will vote for the motion and a majority of Labour's 231 MPs will vote against.
All 56 SNP MPs are expected to vote against, while the eight Liberal Democrat MPs are being ordered to vote for bombing.
The Democratic Unionist Party's (DUP) eight MPs will also vote for bombing, meaning a majority of Northern Ireland's 18 MPs will support airstrikes.
Plaid Cymru's three MPs will likely vote against, as will the Green Party's single MP Caroline Lucas.
Given there are a total of 650 MPs in the House of Commons, Cameron could expect a majority of between 50 to 100 MPs.
You can follow what your MP said in the debate here.
That this House notes that ISIL poses a direct threat to the United Kingdom; welcomes United Nations Security Council Resolution 2249 which determines that ISIL constitutes an 'unprecedented threat to international peace and security' and calls on states to take 'all necessary measures' to prevent terrorist acts by ISIL and to 'eradicate the safe haven they have established over significant parts of Iraq and Syria'; further notes the clear legal basis to defend the UK and our allies in accordance with the UN Charter; notes that military action against ISIL is only one component of a broader strategy to bring peace and stability to Syria; welcomes the renewed impetus behind the Vienna talks on a ceasefire and political settlement; welcomes the Government's continuing commitment to providing humanitarian support to Syrian refugees; underlines the importance of planning for post-conflict stabilisation and reconstruction in Syria; welcomes the Government’s continued determination to cut ISIL’s sources of finance, fighters and weapons; notes the requests from France, the US and regional allies for UK military assistance; acknowledges the importance of seeking to avoid civilian casualties, using the UK’s particular capabilities; notes the Government will not deploy UK troops in ground combat operations; welcomes the Government's commitment to provide quarterly progress reports to the House; and accordingly supports Her Majesty's Government in taking military action, specifically airstrikes, exclusively against ISIL in Syria; and offers its wholehearted support to Her Majesty's Armed Forces .
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