Ahead of the debate on authorisation of air strikes against Daesh in Syria today I wanted to take the opportunity to share my position with you.
I intend to vote against the government’s motion today and have signed a cross party amendment which declines to authorise UK military action in Syria.
I outlined my reasons for doing so in a speech in the House of Commons on Monday, which you can watch here: http://goo.gl/wJ9alt
Alternatively you can read the text here:http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm151130/debtext/151130-0002.htm#1511303000001 (scroll down to column 55).
I have also written an article on the Evening Times website today, which can be read here:http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/14117237.Case_for_bombing_not_been_made__A_Glasgow_MP_s_view/
The decision on whether or not take part in military action is an incredibly serious one.
I have spent the last three weeks – knowing that a vote would be likely - poring over information from the House of Commons Library, the government and other external briefings so that I can make an informed decision.
I have, of course, also taken account of the views of the many constituents who have contacted me – for which I am extremely thankful.