Skegness & Boston MP misses Syria vote; Spilsby MP votes against action

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The MP for Skegness missed last night’s crucial vote on Britain’s response to the situation in Syria.

Mark Simmonds, a junior minister in the foreign office, was one of three Tory MPs who failed to take part in the second vote in the House of Commons late last night.

Mark Simmonds.

Mark Simmonds.

Louth & Horncastle MP, Sir Peter Tapsell, who represents the Spilsby area, voted against the use of military action by the UK in Syria.

The Government lost the ballot by 13 votes – putting an end to the suggestion of military intervention from our armed forces.

Mr Simmonds was in Parliament and had already voted against a Labour amendment calling for ‘compelling evidence’ that the Assad regime was behind a chemical weapons attack.

National media reports suggest that Mr Simmonds and Justine Greening were in a room near the Commons chamber discussing a different foreign policy matter.

Once there they apparently did not hear the divisional bell calling for the second vote.

Kenneth Clarke was also missing from the vote due to family reasons.

Sir Peter has not yet issued on a statement on his decision to vote against the motion.

The government’s motion was in support of military action in Syria if backed by evidence from United Nations weapons inspectors, who are currently in the Middle East.

The motion, however, was defeated by 285-272, ruling out the possibility of joining strikes led by the United States.