Helen's thoughts on military intervention in Syria

Dear Bishop Auckland Constituents

Thank you for writing to me about the Syria crisis. I agree with you this is a very important matter. We have not yet seen the government’s motion, so I have not decided.

The questions I need answered are:

  1. Will we make a difference?

  2. It is not clear that bombing alone is adequate or that there are enough well-trained troops on the ground to succeed. I am totally opposed to sending in British troops on the ground – so is there a coherent military strategy?

  3. Have we got a broad political and economic strategy to build peace in Syria? This must include agreement with the Russians; funds for reconstruction; and a coherent plan, not just to bring the different Syrian parties to the table but also to take forward significant steps towards democracy and respect for human rights in Syria.

  4. Do we have practical arrangements to ensure that we do not inadvertently get into combat with non-ISIL parties (unlike the recent very unfortunate clash between Russia and Turkey)?

  5. Is there demonstrable evidence that this will make us safer?

  6. What level of civilian casualties would be likely in Syria?

I will continue to give this very serious consideration.

Thank you again for taking the time to write to me.


Yours sincerely


Helen Goodman
Member of Parliament for Bishop Auckland constituency


published this page in Latest news 2015-12-01 10:04:49 +0000

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