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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Some British Leaders Calling For Second Syria Vote

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron leaves 10 Downing Street in London, to be driven to the Houses of Parliament for a debate and vote on Syria, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (Matt Dunham/AP)

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron leaves 10 Downing Street in London, to be driven to the Houses of Parliament for a debate and vote on Syria, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (Matt Dunham/AP)

Some members of the British Parliament, as well as the influential mayor of London, are calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to hold a second vote on taking military action against Syria, nearly one week after Cameron became the first British prime minister in 150 years to lose a parliamentary vote on military action.

Cameron is ruling out a second vote, even though new evidence has emerged about the Syrian government’s use of chemical attack on civilians.

We speak with Ben Bradshaw, a member of the opposition Labour party in the British Parliament.

Bradshaw wrote in a blog post after the vote last week, “Last night the Commons voted against Britain taking military action – by accident. It may be an outcome supported by a majority of the public, but it was not what any of the main parties or their leaders wanted.”

Bradshaw abstained on voting on Cameron’s motion to use force if needed against Syria.

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