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Where do parties stand on Syria?

Ruth Tarrant

24th November 2015

Last week, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed a resolution, drafted by the French, to "redouble" action against Islamic State (IS) in the wake of the Paris attacks. Throughout the history of the UN Security Council, there have been many incidences upon which the members have failed to reach unanimous agreement (for example, in July 2015 when Russia vetoed a resolution in relation to its action in Ukraine, or in May 2014 when both China and Russia vetoed a resolution condemning the state of Syria). As a member of the UN Security Council, Britain has therefore agreed to step up efforts against IS - but because of the convention of parliamentary sovereignty in the UK, this needs to get through parliament before David Cameron commits Britain to any military intervention.

Ruth Tarrant

Ruth has been Subject Lead in Economics at tutor2u for many years after a career of teaching Economics, Business, Politics and Maths in a range of secondary schools. She is a highly experienced A level Economics Examiner, and also teaches undergraduate Economics on a very part-time basis at the University of Oxford. Ruth is passionate about making economics fun, engaging and accessible.

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