Hyndburn MP Graham Jones has said he is conflicted over the vote in the Commons to extend air strikes to Syria.
The Labour MP told the Observer before the vote that he was ‘on the fence’ over whether to vote aye or abstain.
However he confirmed that he was not poised to vote against the strikes, as he did not find the no argument from Jeremy Corbyn convincing.
Mr Jones said: “I think there are some strong arguments that make me want to abstain but not to vote against. I am conflicted between desire for peace in the Syrian civil war and desire for comprehensive military operation against ISIS.
“My reason for aye is that we are already doing it - we are not voting to do something new, it’s just expanded geographically to Syria and I have already voted for this type of strike operation in Iraq.”
However Mr Jones voiced concern that military action would not be the answer to securing stability in the region.
He said: “There has to be a peace process and the determination to see that through. I think David Cameron is more inclined to pursue a military operation than he is a peaceful operation.
“There is a civil war in Syria that I have found abhorrent and David Cameron did nothing to secure a peace and that is a terrible indictment of his leadership.”
He added: “This is a war on Muslims primarily and secondly against the West for having the temerity to stand up to extremism.
“I don’t think it makes Britain more at risk, we are at risk now - I think everywhere’s vulnerable.
“Ultimately this is a threat that we have never seen before and we must immediately begin to dismantle the ISIS empire.”
As we went to press the vote had not yet been decided in Parliament.