Midlothian MP explains Commons no-show

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Midlothian MP David Hamilton has defended his non-appearance at last week’s Westminster vote on air strikes against IS.

He said: “I was already committed to attend an overseas wedding. It would have cost an abnormal amount to return or cancel the trip completely.

“However, I knew the three parties had already agreed a limited course of action based on the recent horrific acts that are taking place by IS.

“Bearing the limited action, I would have voted with the majority.

“I would be extremely reluctant to vote for any further action.”