Why is child military recruitment still practiced in the UK?
by Yasmin Begum
In December 2015, the UK Parliament was engulfed in a long-winded debate at the House of Commons on whether to carry out airstrikes in Syria, before MPs eventually voted with 397 against 223 votes to authorise the bombing campaign. The following morning, the Ministry of Defence confirmed that initial bombs had fallen at dawn. Given the sheer number of bomb threats and the aftermath of the Paris attack in November 2015, it was no surprise that Parliament overturned their previous vote not to intervene in Syria.
What did surprise, however, was the way representatives across the UK voted. Over half of Welsh MPs voted against the motion that was so overwhelmingly voted in by the British government. 17 out of Welsh Labour’s 25 MPs as well as three members of the Plaid Cymru vetoed the Syria motion. (All of Wales’ 11 Conservative member backed air strikes…
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