Daesh must be destroyed – Boston and Skegness MP Matt Wharman

MP for Boston and Skegness Matt Wharman ANL-150312-165724001
MP for Boston and Skegness Matt Wharman ANL-150312-165724001

MP for Boston and Skegness Matt Wharman has spoken of his support for Prime Minister David Cameron after yesterday’s Commons vote on air strikes against Islamic State forces in Syria.

In an interview with the Standard after the 10-hour debate, he said: “I voted to extend air strikes as I believe Daesh must be destroyed wherever we find it, and that means challenging them in both Iraq and Syria.

It speaks volumes that our first air strikes, in the early hours of this morning, hit an oil field

Matt Wharman, MP for Boston and Skegness

“It is artificial to imagine that Daesh stops pursuing its horrific agenda simply because of an international border, and indeed we know that their headquarters are in Raqqa.

“It speaks volumes that our first air strike, in the early hours of this morning, hit an oil field - we are tackling Daesh funding as well as its fighters.

“I am pleased that the Prime Minister’s plan also addresses the longer term stabilisation of Syria, so that we can help to build a country which is not sustainable to Daesh’s abhorrent ideology.

“We will also continue to provide humanitarian support to the region, so far having given £1.1 billion.”

MPs overwhelmingly backed UK air strikes by 397 votes to 223, after an impassioned 10-hour Commons debate.

A total of 66 Labour MPs sided with the government as David Cameron secured a larger than expected Commons majority.

Mr Cameron said they had “taken the right decision to keep the country safe”.

Evidence of Britain preparing for war is thought has been witnessed across the skies in Skegness.

Only days ago, golfers at North Shore Hotel reported seeing what they believed were Typhoons from RAF Coningsby practicing manoeuvres over the sea, close to the coastline. One said: “It was really spectacular. They were diving as if they were coming in to bomb the area. It slowed up the golf as people just stopped to watch.”