Copeland MP Jamie Reed

Syria: The events in Paris and the attacks around the World have been truly horrifying. They are just the latest in a long series of atrocities committed against innocent (overwhelmingly […]

Syria:

The events in Paris and the attacks around the World have been truly horrifying. They are just the latest in a long series of atrocities committed against innocent (overwhelmingly Muslim) people, all perpetrated by the fascists of Daesh. I am writing this is advance, but on Wednesday 2nd December, Members of Parliament will be asked whether or not the UK should join air strikes against Daesh in Syria.

Our country cannot afford to get this wrong. I have made clear that I will scrutinise these proposals in detail. This issue transcends party politics, but the Labour Party has a proud history of standing up to fascism in all its forms. We must never cede from fighting the terror and oppression perpetrated by this terrorist organisation.

I have called on the Government to ensure that any proposal it puts to Parliament must involve a comprehensive plan for dealing with Daesh in Syria, recognising that military intervention alone will not be enough to defeat the terrorist organisation. I have made clear that a comprehensive humanitarian, political and diplomatic strategy will be crucial to ensure the success of any military intervention and for the long term future of Syria.

As is the responsibility of every Member of Parliament, I will continue to study the Government’s proposals in forensic details. This article was written before the debate on Wednesday, but I will be setting out my position in detail.

West Cumberland Hospital:

I call regularly on the Government to acknowledge the unique strategic nature of our Community and infrastructure needs. West Cumbria is a growing global centre for nuclear excellence and our best days are certainly ahead of us. In order for us to achieve our full potential, the Government must understand the challenges we face as a Community hosting nationally significant infrastructure, and make provision for this in the development of new service proposals. This is of particular importance in relation to our local health services.

I raised this issue in a recent debate, and the Government Minister conceded that the requirements of significant local infrastructure sites will need to be taken into account when considering proposals for service change.

This comes shortly after the the recent intervention from the NHS Chief Executive that West Cumberland Hospital must not be asset stripped, in addition to consistent pressure from the public and medical professionals. It is now becoming clearer that consultant led 24 hour A&E, consultant led maternity and paediatric services and more must be provided at the Hospital.