FURNESS MP John Woodcock is backing calls for the UK to extend its air campaign into Syria following the Paris terror attacks.

Mr Woodcock, who is chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party defence committee, condemned Friday's outrage while visiting the Peshmerga - Iraqi Kurdish troops - who are fighting on the frontline with ISIS in the Kirkuk region.

Mr Woodcock, who travelled with members of the all-party group for the Kurdistan region of Iraq, said: "The horrific Paris attacks reminds us all that violent Islamic extremism is targeting our way of life and we must take every measure at every level to combat it.

“The brave Iraqis and Syrians fighting to remove ISIS's base for terror are clear they will not succeed without coalition air support.

“This new attack should prompt the government and all political parties to look afresh at the case for extending the air campaign across the whole of the territory currently controlled by the extremists."

Speaking about the death of the British terrorist known as Jihadi John, Mr Woodcock added: “It is notable that the UK had to rely on others to target him because the government chose not to extend its action against ISIS across the non-existent Syrian border.”

Meanwhile, Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron posted a statement on his Facebook site.

"I am shocked and saddened by the attacks in Paris on Friday," the MP said. "It is clear that these acts of terror were targeted and coordinated, and I support the Prime Minister in his pledge to aid the French police in ensuring that all the perpetrators are caught.

"My thoughts are with all of the victims and their families, and with the people of Paris, who have suffered at the hands of those whose aim is to fuel hatred, division and intolerance.

Europe cannot allow these terrorists to succeed, and only by working together can we ensure that liberalism, democracy and tolerance triumph."