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Labour confirms free vote on Syria airstrikes

Labour has confirmed that its MPs will be given a free vote on extending airstrikes to Syria, while the party's official stance will be to oppose the measure.

Corbyn writes to PM asking for 'full two-day Syria debate'

Corbyn has written to Cameron Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has written to the Prime Minister asking for a "full two-day debate" on potential airstrikes in Syria.

Corbyn said as it was "a matter of such critical importance" it was important to have a longer debate in order to "ensure time for all Members who wish to participate to be able to do so".

He wrote:

Dear David

As of this morning we have not had a clear proposal from the government on when you plan to bring forward a motion to the House on air strikes in Syria or on arrangements for the debate.

In the view of the Opposition on a matter of such critical importance there must be full and adequate time for any debate in the House and only a full two day debate would ensure time for all Members who wish to participate to be able to do so.

As has happened previously a one day debate would inevitably lead to important contributions being curtailed. It is incumbent on us all to ensure the country feels there has been the fullest parliamentary discussion of what you have rightly described as a highly complex situation. In addition the debate would be much better informed by views from the Foreign Affairs and Defence Select Committees following your recent statements.

Please can you provide an assurance that any proposal the government brings forward will be on the basis that there will be a two day debate in the House of Commons.

– Jeremy Corbyn


Labour remains 'opposed to airstrikes' but MPs get free vote

Labour's position regarding the possibility of the UK launching airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria remains "strongly opposed" despite MPs reportedly being due to be given a free vote.

PM and Charles join leaders while Obama corners Putin

David Cameron and Prince Charles have stood shoulder to shoulder in the largest gathering of world leaders at a summit to deal with climate change.

While the official agenda in Paris is environmental, Barack Obama used the opportunity to discuss other political matters with Vladimir Putin in a 30-minute sideline meeting.

The US President discussed the Syrian crisis and the situation in the Ukraine with the Russian President, who also met China's Xi Jinping on the sidelines.

David Cameron and Prince Charles were in the back row of the photograph of world leaders and heads of state. Credit: Reuters
Barack Obama is expected to take a leading role as the US and China increase their contributions to curbing dangerous emissions. Credit: Reuters
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe - left - was also among the gathering of world leaders. Credit: Reuters


Labour source: Shadow Cabinet told 'it will be free vote'

Members of the Shadow Cabinet have been told "it will be a free vote" when it comes to making a decision on potential UK airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria, a Labour source has told ITV News.

However, despite the alleged "free vote" the party's stance will reportedly remain "strong anti-bombing" and may not be as "free" as first expected.

Is progress in Paris possible after Copenhagen COP out?

A procession of world leaders have taken it in turns to pledge their commitment to tackling climate change at the COP21 summit in Paris despite failing to fulfill similar pledges made six years ago in Copenhagen.

Liz Gallagher of climate think tank E3G tells ITV News Science Correspondent Alok Jha why this year's conference really could be different and what a good deal at the end of the two weeks of talks would look like.

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