Parliament will be recalled on Friday to discuss the UK’s involvement in air strikes against the Islamic State.

The Iraqi government has requested support to fight the extremists after IS - also known as Isil - took control of large areas of Iraq and Syria and the extremists seized and beheaded several Western hostages.

Early indications suggest the Labour Party will support the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government motion for air strikes.

British forces are already gearing up for air strikes if they are given the green light following Friday’s Commons vote, among the first aircraft to be deployed could be the six RAF Tornado GR4 fighter bombers currently stationed in Cyprus.

The Prime Minister David Cameron has said: “What we are doing is legal and it is right. It does not involve British combat troops on the ground. When we are threatened in this way, we should not turn away from what needs to be done”.

The PM will make a speech at 10.30am, with ministers, shadow ministers and MPs able to comment before a motion and vote after 5pm.

The Examiner asked our local MPs for their views:

Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman
Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman
 

Huddersfield Labour MP Barry Sheerman said: “I am always reluctant about bombing places from 30,000ft because that comes with a risk of bombing children or hospitals.

“At the NATO conference all agreed ‘no boots on the ground’ but at the end of the day if we need to tackle this then I think it needs boots on the ground to do it properly.

“I do have mixed feelings about this, Isis are evil and force must be met with force.

“These people do not represent the Muslim society we have here. They are a small group of extremists but we have seen before that small groups of extremists can cause havoc.”

Mr Sheerman also raised his concerns at running down the Armed Forces, saying the use of TA reservists “is not working at all”.

Jason McCartney
Jason McCartney
 

Colne Valley Conservative MP Jason McCartney said: “It’s important to realise this is not about us using our military might against those who don’t want it. The Prime Minister of Iraq has requested our help in dealing with these barbaric, evil terrorists.

“Anything we do is legal, it has been requested by the Iraqi government and it involves 40 other nations including some Arab countries.

“I understand people’s concerns but this is not about putting troops on the ground, and it’s not about taking action in Syria, it’s about dealing with this humanitarian crisis.

“People might ask ‘what’s it got to do with us?’ and my answer is that these Islamic State people do not want our way of life, they don’t want our girls to be educated or go to the same schools as boys.

“They are not going to give up on their ideology, it will expand and spread and become more of a threat to us.”

Simon Reevell
Simon Reevell
 

Dewsbury Conservative MP Simon Reevell said: “I think we should support the coalition in this action against the so-called Islamic State, I say so-called because there is nothing Islamic about their behaviour and they are not a state.

“What makes this an unpleasant decision is that it brings our Armed Forces into conflict, it brings the action closer to home for many, but we are already affected, they have British hostages and it may lead, in all probability, to some very dire consequences.

“We cannot stand by and let these people grow and thrive in their actions of beheading and rape.

“Iraq is a sovereign nation and it has asked for our assistance, as such there are no legal complications.

“I do find it encouraging that the Muslim community in this country has come forward saying IS is ‘not in my name’.”

Mike Wood
Mike Wood
 

Batley and Spen Labour MP Mike Wood said: “I can see no justification for Britain joining a coalition to bomb Iraq or Syria, so unless anyone can offer compelling reasons or telling arguments tomorrow I shall be voting against military action.

“Everyone is appalled by the barbarity of ISIS and I am convinced they need to be confronted but the issue is how do we make the situation better, not worse?

“I am very keen to see what alternative ideas for confronting ISIS are presented but the idea we can eradicate them through air strikes alone is nonsense.”

Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker
Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker
 

Calder Valley Conservative MP Craig Whittaker said: “As an MP the hardest decision we ever have to take is whether to send our Armed Forces to war and it is always something done with an incredibly heavy heart.

“The first job of any government is the security of its citizens, and this motion will ultimately be about protecting our own citizens.

“David Cameron has clearly said he’s not asking us to deal with Syria, that is not on the radar and if in the future it does come on the radar it will be considered separately.

“Very clearly in the last few weeks and months security for the UK has been at a high level.

“As a country we have to response to the threat and if Iraq has made a request we need to give it serious thought and support them.”