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Government defeated on Syria vote
The Government has suffered a defeat on plans for military intervention in Syria.
The coalition was defeated by 285 votes to 272, a majority of 13.
The defeat comes after the Government put forward a motion in support of military action in Syria if it was supported by evidence from United Nations weapons inspectors who are investigating claims President Bashar Assad's regime had used chemical weapons against civilians.
Prime Minister David Cameron said it was clear that Parliament, reflecting the views of the public, did not want to see military action and said the Government would "act accordingly" while responding to a point of order from Labour leader Ed Miliband.
Mr Miliband said: "There having been no motion passed by this House tonight, can the Prime Minister confirm to the House that he will not use the Royal prerogative to order the UK to be part of military action, given the will of the House that has been expressed tonight, before there has been another vote in this House of Commons?"
Mr Cameron replied: "I can give that assurance. Let me say the House has not voted for either motion tonight. I strongly believe in the need for a tough response to the use of chemical weapons.
"But I also believe in respecting the will of this House of Commons. It is very clear tonight that while the House has not passed a motion it is clear to me that the British Parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action. I get that and the Government will act accordingly."