MPs back Libya no-fly zone

ALL five MPs in Comet country have backed Britain’s participation in the enforcement of a no-fly zone over Libya, after a UN resolution was passed.

MPs voted overwhelming in favour of the UK's involvement in the civil war in a parliamentary vote on Monday, although both MP for Hitchin Peter Lilley and MP for Stevenage Stephen McPartland were unable to attend due to prior commitments.

North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt, who is also the Foreign Office minister for the Middle East, said:

"It was a difficult but necessary decision for the world to take. The most important thing was to stop the risk of the Libyan regime carrying out its threat of mass murder towards its own people who would have been virtually without protection.

"The response of the world to slaughter in Benghazi would have asked for too little to be done too late, and I believe that we, in company with others, have done the right thing. It is for the Libyan people to take forward the chance which has now been given through the UN resolution and we all hope this will be as soon as possible."

Mr Burt's comments were echoed by MP Oliver Heald, MP Nadine Dorries, Mr McPartland and Mr Lilley, although the Hitchin MP did tell The Comet he has some reservations.

He said: "I would have voted in favour but I do have my concerns. It's one thing stopping Gadaffi shelling his own people but it’s another thing mobilising the people of Libya to peacefully change their government and choose a democratic government."

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