Only one of Northamptonshire’s six Conservative MPs voted against the Government in the debate over whether the country should take part in military action in Syria.
Both of Northampton’s Conservative MPs, Brian Binley and Michael Ellis, as well as South Northamptonshire MP, Andrea Leadsom, and Daventry MP, Chris Heaton-Harris, remained loyal to the Government in the crucial vote on Thursday night.
Of the county’s Tory MPs, only Kettering’s Philip Hollobone joined the rebels in voting against military action.
During the debate, which eventually saw the Government defeated, Northampton North’s MP, Michael Ellis, warned against taking no action in Syria.
He said: “Although we have heard a lot this evening and earlier today about the risks of taking action, there are also risks in not taking action.”
Northampton South MP, Brian Binley, who flew to Parliament from Scotland where he was on holiday, did not speak during the debate but did vote with the Government.
But despite the backing of the majority of the county’s MPs, the Government was defeated by 272 votes to 285, a majority of 13.
The vote, which saw 30 Tory rebels as well as nine Liberal Democrats side with Labour to defeat the Government means the Prime Minister has been forced to rule out the use of British forces in any action against Bashar Assad’s regime.
During the debate, Mr Cameron had tabled a watered-down motion which said the Government would only launch military action once evidence from United Nations weapons inspectors had been published.
But he insisted the need for military action remained, telling MPs it was “beyond doubt” the Assad regime had used chemical weapons.
He told MPs: “It’s not about taking sides in the conflict, it’s not about invading, it’s not about regime change or indeed working more closely with the Syrian opposition.
“It’s about the large-scale use of chemical weapons and our response to a war crime - nothing else.”
Speaking on Radio 4 this morning, Chancellor George Osborne said discussions with the White House since the vote had revealed a “lot of understanding” about the Government’s decision to rule out military support.