TWO South Devon Tory MPs were among the party rebels who voted against Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday night in the vote on action in Syria.
Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston and Newton Abbot's Anne Marie Morris both voted against military intervention in the Syria crisis.
The government's motion said the House of Commons "deplores" the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime and "agrees that a strong humanitarian response is required from the international community and that this may, if necessary, require military action".
It said any such action would be "legal, proportionate and focused on saving lives by preventing and deterring further use of Syria's chemical weapons" - but the motion was defeated by 285 votes to 272.
The two South Devon MPs were among nine from the Coalition who voted against the Government motion.
Dr Wollaston said: "To be wary of war is not to stand idly by, but a realistic appraisal of the risks and learning from past experience.
"The British people are not standing idly by. They are delivering humanitarian aid. But they do not feel humanitarian aid from the West is best delivered in the form of a cruise missile."
Dr Wollaston, one of 31 Conservative rebels, told the BBC: “I think this was a good day for Parliament because this was Parliament reflecting the view, very widely held across the country, that we should not be drawn into yet another Middle Eastern conflict, that we are not the right people to deliver this message to Assad.
“It’s not about us being a nation of appeasers or apologists, Britain isn’t just turning its back, we are delivering enormous amounts of humanitarian aid but we just do not feel that humanitarian aid in this instance should come in the form of cruise missiles.”
She acknowledged that the decision taken by MPs could have far-reaching consequences for Britain’s role as 'policeman' on the world stage.
“Certainly that is part of the message, but of course the world’s policeman was taking a day off in 1985 when the Iranians were being systemically subject to chemical weapons by Saddam Hussein and that’s the point at which the world should have stepped in and made absolutely clear their abhorrence at these dreadful weapons.
“There are many other dreadful weapons and many, many other casualties in Syria and we need to look at our standards and ensure that we present a consistent message ... calling a coup a coup in Egypt, for example, not ourselves using weapons like weaponised white phosphorus,” she said.
“We need to be consistent in our message to the Middle East because if we don’t we just fuel resentment.”
But Westcountry peer Lord Ashdown, a former special forces soldier, said on Twitter: “In 50 years trying to serve my country I have never felt so depressed/ashamed. Britain’s answer to the Syrian horrors? none of our business!”
Anne Marie Morris said: "After listening to the debate and carefully considering the representations made to me by my constituents, I decided to vote against the Government motion on Syria.
"The deployment of chemical weapons in Syria is abhorrent and has been rightly condemned. However, I believe military action should only be taken to defend the country and the national interest.
"I do not believe taking military action against Syria meets this test. Indeed, military action offers no guarantee of success and an almost certain loss of life.
"I therefore decided to vote against the Government motion."
Central Devon Tory MP Mel Stride voted with the Government, while Torbay MP Adrian Sanders did not record a vote as he was 'paired' with another MP and not required to.
He said on Twitter that he would vote against intervention in Syria if he had been forced to attend.