‘No-one should feel threatened’ – Mid Beds MP Nadine Dorries defends voting for Syrian air strikes after abusive messages on Twitter

Mid Beds MP Nadine Dorries

Mid Beds MP Nadine Dorries - Credit: Archant

Mid Beds MP Nadine Dorries has received abusive messages in the aftermath of voting for Syrian air strikes in the House of Commons last night.

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The Conservative – along with North East Herts MP Sir Oliver Heald, Hitchin MP Peter Lilley and North East Beds MP Alistair Burt – backed the air strikes, which targeted ISIS in Syria within hours of the motion being passed.

Ms Dorries retweeted a post this morning from Baroness Eggarton (@bedsboy) which read: “I’d like to remind my MP Nadine Dorries that she now has the blood of Syrian children on her hands.”

In response, Ms Dorries said: “The amount of abuse MPs have received over the past week, both online and physical, raises a number of serious questions regarding democracy.

“Easy access via social media to post threats and intimidate had an effect on some yesterday.

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“No-one should feel threatened in their work.”

About her decision to vote for the air strikes, Ms Dorries said: “My vote yesterday was based on evidence provided by the Justice Select Committee, MI5, the head of national security and was backed up by UN resolution.

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“Political resolution in the region is also required and is a priority.

“Destroying IS headquarters and operational bases in Syria will make the streets of Britain safer.”

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