Mitcham and Morden MP slams Cameron for not apologising for ‘daft’ terrorist sympathisers comment

David Cameron’s ‘thoughtless insult’ was slammed by Mitcham and Morden MP Siobhain McDonagh after he refused to apologise for calling those who planned to vote against bombing in Syria as ‘terrorist sympathisers’.

Speaking to the 1922 committee, the Prime Minister reportedly suggested that those who voted against military action in Syria would be walking into the same lobby as ‘terrorist sympathisers’.

Ms McDonagh, who voted with the government, criticised the Prime Minister for not apologising for his comments.

She told SW Londoner: “It was daft, he should have just apologised and got on with it.

“He had a serious thing to say, that was far more important than the kind of thoughtless insult that that was.”

The PM repeatedly refused to apologise during the Syria debate, despite being asked 12 times to do so, including by leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn.

While disappointed in his comments Ms McDonagh insisted there was an easy fix to the controversy.

She said: “We all misspeak sometimes, and we just have to say I’m sorry.”

After the debate, MPs backed UK air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria, by 397 votes to 223, with a total of 66 Labour MPs siding with the government.

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