Jo Cox keeps up the pressure on ministers over Syria

Jo Cox questions the Foreign Secretary in the House of Commons

Jo Cox questions the Foreign Secretary in the House of Commons

Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox continues to press the Government to do more to protect civilians in Syria, limit the flow of recruits to Da’esh and tackle the ‘worst humanitarian crisis since the Second World War’.

Mrs Cox also questioned what is being done to press for a ceasefire to the civil war that has seen a quarter of a million civilians killed, the majority by President Assad’s forces.

Half the population, millions more, have been forced to flee their homes or the country altogether – prompting the refugee crisis in the region and across Europe.

Mrs Cox spoke in the Commons during a statement on Daesh in Syria and Iraq by the Foreign Secretary. Your can watch the exchange by clicking here.

As well as raising concerns with the Foreign Secretary about the lack of progress on civilian protection she also raised the need to protect civilians from Assad’s barrel bombs – which act as Da’esh’s biggest recruiting sergeant.

She also pressed the government to resist Tory MP and London Mayor Boris Johnson’s call for Britain to work with Assad’s forces, which Mrs Cox described as both morally wrong and counter-productive.

Mrs Cox, who was an aid worker in war zones for ten years, has led attempts in Parliament and in the regional and national media to raise the plight of Syrian civilians.

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