MP Andrew Turner has welcomed a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria.
In a statement issued today (Tuesday), the Isle of Wight MP backed an American and Russian suggestion that Syrian chemical weapons should be handed into international control and destroyed.
Mr Turner said: "If this diplomatic solution can be achieved and chemical weapons destroyed it would be the best possible result that could be achieved from a difficult situation.
"It is likely that both sides have already used chemical weapons — and there is nothing to suggest that they wouldn't do it again."
Mr Turner voted against a government motion for military intervention, along with 30 other Conservative MPs, sparking outrage from Education Secretary Michael Gove, who branded the rebel MPs a disgrace.
But, Mr Turner stood by the decision decision and said: "If British bombs weakened President Assad they would strengthen the Syrian rebels' position and some of those rebels support Al Qaeda; it is hard to see how it could be in the UK's interest for them to get their hands on Assad's chemical weapons."
Although military intervention has been blocked, the British government has made steps to provide aid.
Mr Turner supported a £52 million increase in aid to Syrian refugees, bringing the total to £400 million.
He said: "This is a humanitarian crisis on an almost unimaginable scale. It is not of our making but we must help those poor Syrian people who have suffering for many months. The don't need more bombs — they need shelter, clean water and food."