A BRADFORD district MP has welcomed military strikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

UK and US forces last night bombed military facilities used by the Houthis – with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak insisting Britain had taken "limited, necessary and proportionate action in self-defence" after the Iranian-backed group attacked ships in the Red Sea.

The strikes were the first to be launched against Houthi militants since they started targeting international shipping in the key trade route.

Philip Davies, Shipley's Conservative MP, backed the military action.

He told the Telegraph & Argus: "The Prime Minister was absolutely right to authorise military strikes against the Houthi terrorists who have attacked commercial shipping in the Red Sea and also launched an attack on a Royal Navy ship.

"Terrorist groups like the Houthi militia should never be able to launch an attack on a Royal Navy Ship with impunity and the Prime Minister was left with no option but to authorise retaliatory strikes to protect our navy and other commercial ships and seafarers in the Red Sea.

"The Government shared its plans with the official opposition in advance and should - and I am sure will - make a statement to Parliament on Monday."

Other local MPs have so far not publicly shared their thoughts.