Ian Austin is asking his constituents to tell him what they think about the government’s plans to carry out airstrikes in Syria.
The Dudley North has sent a detailed email with background material on the government’s plans and an in-depth survey to 5,000 people in his constituency – everyone for whom he has an email address. He has already received hundreds of responses, but is now asking other residents to get in touch with their views.
He’ll send his survey immediately to anyone who emails him at firstname.lastname@example.org or who contacts his office on 01384 342503/4.
Ian Austin said:
“Voting on whether to send servicemen or women into action is one of the most important decisions that an MP can take, and I would never take that decision lightly.
“It’s my job as an MP to listen to listen to the case the Prime Minister makes, weigh up all the evidence and then make a decision. There are strong views on both sides of this argument, so I know I have to explain how I vote and be accountable for it.
“Any kind of military action can have serious consequences. That’s why I stood up in Parliament earlier this week to question the Government about the difference Britain can make in the fight against ISIL-Daesh, how we can ensure that civilians are protected and what long-term plans the Government has to help bring stability to Syria. But there can be consequences when we fail to take action too, both here and abroad.
“This will be the most important decision that Parliament makes this year. I want to make sure that I hear directly from local people as I study the evidence and come to my decision. There are bound to be strong views on both sides so it will be impossible to please everyone, but I hope residents will agree that I will take my responsibilities to listen to them and consider all the points people make very seriously.”