A UN chemical weapons expert inspects one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Damascus
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Syria crisis: Rebel MP David Davies says action will not help

A Welsh MP who rebelled against the coalition government over military action in Syria says he does not believe UK intervention would help.

David Davies, MP for Monmouth, was among 30 Conservative and nine Liberal Democrat MPs who voted to defeat a motion on possible action by 285-272.

Lib Dem Brecon and Radnorshire MP Roger Williams also voted against action.

Prime Minister David Cameron said he would respect the defeat, adding: "It is clear to me that the British Parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action."

His call for a military response in Syria followed a suspected chemical weapons attack on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on 21 August in which hundreds of people are reported to have died.

The US and UK say the Assad government was behind the attack - a claim denied by Damascus, which blames the rebels.

Mr Davies told BBC Radio Wales that he believed even if chemical weapons were stopped, the Syrian regime would use other methods to kill people.

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  • 30 Aug 2013
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