British MP's vote overwhelmingly to stay in AfghanistanSubmitted by wafflehutguy on Thu, 09/09/2010 - 16:12
MPs have overwhelmingly backed keeping UK troops in Afghanistan, in the first vote they have held on the issue.
There have been several statements and debates since the invasion took place almost nine years ago, but a motion has not previously been put to MPs.
The vote, on the question that "this House supports the continued deployment of UK armed forces in Afghanistan", passed by a majority of 296.
Some 334 UK troops have died and around 10,000 are serving in the war.
The decision to join the US-led invasion was taken without a parliamentary vote, unlike the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
It was backed by the leaderships of all three main parties.
In June, Prime Minister David Cameron said he wanted UK troops out of Afghanistan within five years, but added he preferred not to "deal in too strict timetables".