Simon Danczuk MP

Fighting for Rochdale, Littleborough and Milnrow

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Simon Danczuk: Why I decided to back air strikes against ISIS

Since Wednesday’s House of Commons vote on air strikes against ISIS positions in Syria, a number of constituents have been in touch to ask for my reasons for voting in favour.

I believe it is right that we work with our allies to free the Syrian people from the tyranny of ISIS, an organisation which poses a serious threat to our security.

ISIS are a purely evil group motivated by a grotesque misinterpretation of Islam, which I know to be a peaceful and tolerant religion.

They are terrorising innocent Muslims in Syria, forcing them away from their homes and subjecting them to acts of unspeakable violence and torture.

I felt that we could not stand by and let Syrian families continue to suffer at the hand of these murderers. ISIS must be eliminated before peace can be achieved in Syria.

I want to reassure those who are concerned about the decision I took on Wednesday that Parliament did not vote for an indiscriminate carpet bombing campaign across Syria. These are limited, carefully considered and precision-targeted tactical airstrikes against known ISIS positions.

I understand this is a highly emotive issue with passionate views on both sides. I am happy to sit down with any of my constituents to talk through these arguments.

Sadly a small number of those who have contacted me about this issue have resorted to intimidation and, in some cases, threats to harm or kill.

There is no excuse for threats like this against me or anyone else, this is unacceptable behaviour and it will not be tolerated.

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