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Theresa May on Syria airstrikes: ‘We have not done this because Trump asked us to’ – Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s Commons statement about the Syria airstrikes

May’s statement is finally over. It lasted for more than three hours. John Bercow, the Commons speaker, says 140 backbenchers asked question.

Sylvia Hernon, the independent MP for North Down, says the DUP do not speak for everyone in Northern Ireland. She says there are many people in Northern Ireland who were bitterly opposed to the decision to launch airstrikes without consulting parliament. She asks what the government is doing to avoid the risk of escalating the conflict in Syria, and to avoid the UK facing retaliation.

May says the government acted in a way to minimise the risk of escalating the conflict.

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