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Cameron 'regret' over Syria vote
David Cameron has expressed "regret" at Labour's stance over military action in Syria after Ed Miliband accused him of seeking a "rush to war".
The Prime Minister repeated his assurance that the UK "can't be part and won't be part" of any strike on the Assad regime after his shock defeat in the Commons last week.
But he accused the Opposition of needlessly blocking even the principle of an armed response to the use of chemical weapons after it failed to accept his offer of a second vote to approve direct action.
Measured Commons exchanges between the party leaders at question time turned acrimonious when Mr Miliband said the vote was "not about Britain shirking its global responsibility, it was about preventing a rush to war".
Mr Cameron hit back: "Last week the House of Commons voted clearly and I have said I respect the outcome out of that vote and I won't be bringing back plans for British participation in military action. I agree with you that we must use everything we have in our power - our diplomatic networks, our influence with other countries, our membership of all the key bodies, the G8, the G20, the UN, the EU, Nato - we must use all that influence to bring to bear.
"My only regret of last week is that I don't think it was necessary to divide the House on a vote that would have led to a vote but he took the decision that it was."
Mr Cameron said the world still had to take a "very tough response" to the deadly chemical attack on a Damascus suburb blamed on the regime and which the US says killed at least 1,400. That included aiding rebel forces, he said, so that President Assad was forced to recognise there was "no victory he can win against his own people".
Downing Street has refused to rule out seeking authorisation to supply weapons to rebels fighting Bashar Assad's regime.
"I accept that Britain can't be part and won't be part of any military action on that front but we must not in any degree give up our utter revulsion at the chemical weapons attacks that we have seen and we must press this point in every forum of which we are a member."
The UK would also use its "diplomatic muscle" to press other nations to contribute more to aid for refugees, he said, after the UN said the number had passed two million. Mr Miliband insisted the revulsion at chemical weapons use was "shared on all sides".