Edward Leigh, the Member of Parliament for Gainsborough, condemned the proposal to start military action against Syria. Speaking on Thursday (29 August) in the House of Commons, Mr Leigh told the Commons, “I will not vote for war. I would never vote for war against Syria.”
“MPs are doing their job and listening to what the public want, and the voice of the public is completely clear: they do not want war,” Sir Edward continued. “They are scarred by what went on in Iraq. We were lied to in Parliament and we are not going to go down that route again. I voted against the Iraq war and I will vote against this one.”
Sir Edward also pointed out that military action could help the Islamic fundamentalists amongst the Syrian rebels, thus endangering the two million Christians as well as numerous members of Syria’s twenty-two other religious minorities.
Edward Leigh offered his condolences to the family and relatives of the RAF pilot killed in the Red Arrows during Prime Minister’s Questions today (9 November 2011). “In joining me in giving our condolences to the relatives of the Red Arrows pilot killed at RAF Scampton yesterday,” Edward Leigh, whose constituency includes RAF Scampton, asked, “will the Prime Minister acknowledge the overriding need for safety, and that our campaign to save RAF Scampton from closure is not just based on sentiment for the historic home of the Dambusters but on the overriding need for the kind of safe, uncluttered skies above north Lincolnshire which the Red Arrows need to practice safely.”
“I’m sure the hearts of everyone in this House go out to the family of the pilot who was killed in this terrible accident,” David Cameron responded. “It comes on top of a second accident that happened in the Red Arrows and this has obviously been a very tragic time for something the whole country reveres and loves.” Read the rest of this entry »
The case for retaining the RAF base at Scampton received a boost this week when Edward Leigh, the Member of Parliament for the Gainsborough constituency (in which the base is located) wrote again to the MOD ministerial team seeking a firm commitment on the base’s future. The MP has pressed hard in recent weeks, meeting with relevant ministers and corresponding with them on the retention of RAF Scampton. Read the rest of this entry »
The Ministry of Defence has replied to my letter regarding the future of RAF Scampton, saying that “decisions have not been made on which sites, other than RAF Kinloss, will cease to be RAF bases.”
However, they added that vacated RAF estate will likely be used by units returning from Germany.
A number of constituents have been voicing their concern over the new hike in tuition fees.
I can empathise with students’ worries about shouldering massive debts at the start of their working lives and this issue deserves serious attention. However, assurance is at hand that the government’s new measures won’t ruin young people’s futures. Read the rest of this entry »
The measures to save the country £81bn over the next four years are generally positive. However, I have been vocal in my opposition to a number of cuts which I fear could pose a threat both to Gainsborough and the rest of the country. Read the rest of this entry »
I fear that the British death toll in Afghanistan, which as of Sunday stands at 296, is very soon to cross the sombre 300 milestone.
The Royal Anglian Regiment, which serves our County, has taken some of the heaviest casualties throughout the campaign, with death rates reaching the same levels suffered by American soldiers during the Vietnam War. This is not 1970 and we are not up against a modern army. Read the rest of this entry »