Lynn’s MP yesterday defended his absence from the crucial vote which ruled out British participation in possible military action against Syria.
North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham did not take part in the Commons debate and vote on Thursday as he was on holiday in the north of Scotland.
But he told the Lynn News that his absence had been authorised by his party, who paired him with an opposition MP who was also unable to attend the session.
He said: “A lot of people were away on holiday and we were asked if we could get back. We were told that we didn’t have to come.”
South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss did vote with the government.
And Mr Bellingham admitted that he would have attended and done the same if he had known that Labour would oppose the idea of a military strike against the Syrian regime and that many of his own colleagues would vote against their leader.
Mr Bellingham also revealed that he had received around 100 emails from constituents stating their opposition to military action against Syria under any circumstances.
He insisted he would still have backed the government’s position on Thursday, but said that the public’s views would have influenced his thinking if MPs were asked to commit troops into action.