Lancaster MP slams PM’s terrorist slur

David Cameron.
David Cameron.

Prime Minister David Cameron has “belittled the office he holds” by calling those opposed to airstrikes in Syria “terrorist sympathisers” according to Lancaster’s MP.

Cat Smith, Labour MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, has criticised Mr Cameron following the widely reported remarks he made to the 1922 committee (formerly the Conservative Private Members’ Committee) last night.

Undated handout photo issued by the Ministry of Defence of a Tornado GR4 armed with Paveway IV bombs at Gioia del Colle, Italy. RAF war planes are gearing up to launch air strikes on Syria after David Cameron announced that he was ready to seek the green light from Parliament to attack Islamic State (IS) militants in their heartland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday December 1, 2015. It is thought the first bombing missions could take place before the end of the week if the Commons votes tomorrow in favour of extending the current action against IS in Iraq into neighbouring Syria. See PA story POLITICS Syria. Photo credit should read: Sgt Pete Mobbs/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Undated handout photo issued by the Ministry of Defence of a Tornado GR4 armed with Paveway IV bombs at Gioia del Colle, Italy. RAF war planes are gearing up to launch air strikes on Syria after David Cameron announced that he was ready to seek the green light from Parliament to attack Islamic State (IS) militants in their heartland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday December 1, 2015. It is thought the first bombing missions could take place before the end of the week if the Commons votes tomorrow in favour of extending the current action against IS in Iraq into neighbouring Syria. See PA story POLITICS Syria. Photo credit should read: Sgt Pete Mobbs/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Mr Cameron is understood to have told MPs in the meeting: “You don’t want to walk through the lobbies with Jeremy Corbyn and a bunch of terrorist sympathisers.”

Ms Smith said: “The Prime Minister belittles the office he holds by lowering himself to making such cheap remarks.”

She went on to say: “Not one MP has sympathised with ISIS, who are an evil organisation reaping terror across the Middle East and beyond.

“Polls suggest millions of British people, who are proud of our country and what we bring to the world, would also be included in David Cameron’s definition merely for using their basic democratic right to take a different position to his stance on this question shows how out of touch he is.”

Cat Smith

Cat Smith

MPs are expected to cast their vote tonight, Wednesday December 2, at 10pm, about whether to extend airstrikes against ISIS/Daesh in Syria as well as Iraq.

Ms Smith added: “The decision on whether or not to take military action, to go to war, is the most serious decision an MP is ever asked to make and David Cameron’s remarks show a total disregard for this.

“MPs from all parties are voting on the basis of whether they think this action will prove effective, if it will improve or worsen the situation in Syria and whether it will positively or negatively affect our national security at home.”