Cameron defeated on Syria vote
Published Thursday, 29 August 2013
MPs have voted against a Government motion for military intervention in Syria.
Syrian army soldiers are seen deployed in the Jobar neighbourhood of Damascus. (© Getty)
The unexpected defeat sent a clear message from the House of Commons to Prime Minister David Cameron that it does not back his plan.
The coalition was defeated by 285 to 272 votes on Thursday night, a majority of 13.
Speaking after the result was read, Mr Cameron said it was clear the British Parliament does not want action to be taken in Syria and "I will act accordingly".
The motion was put forward in support of military intervention if it was supported by evidence from United Nations weapons inspectors who are investigating claims President Bashar Assad's regime had used chemical weapons against civilians.
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