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Quiet start to predicted Black Friday frenzy

Shops across the UK have experienced a quieter start than predicted as today's Black Friday event began in a more sedate way than last year's pre-Christmas shopping event.

Retailers are still hoping that customers could spend their way to the UK's first £1 billion in online shopping by the end of the day but so far instore shopping has not seen the buying rush expected.

Stores opened early but the aisles were not as packed as last year Credit: ITV News


Cameron urges Labour MPs to 'do the right thing' on Syria

David Cameron has urged Labour MPs to back plans for the RAF to join airstrikes in Syria, saying they should "do the right thing" and "vote on the basis of the arguments".

David Cameron addressed Commons yesterday Credit: PA

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn sparked a furious backlash from MPs when he announced that he could not support military intervention, despite the shadow cabinet not having agreed a position on the issue.

Frontbenchers including shadow education secretary Emily Thornberry have warned that Corbyn faces a rebellion if he tries to whip MPs into voting with him.

Speaking in Malta ahead of a Commonwealth summit, the Prime Minister encouraged wavering MPs to support his motion, saying he believed there was a "compelling case" to take "effective action" in Syria.

I thought many Members of Parliament on all sides of the House of Commons yesterday agreed there was a compelling case, so I would urge all of them to vote on the basis of the arguments for effective action on a compelling case to keep our country safe.

Vote on those arguments and we can do the right thing.

– David Cameron

Benn 'backs airstrikes but will not resign from shadow cabinet'

Shadow foreign minister Hilary Benn has said he will not resign from Labour's front bench - despite backing airstrikes in Syria, opposing the position taken by leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Hilary Benn will not resign, despite backing airstrikes, he said Credit: PA

It comes after Mr Corbyn provoked a backlash from Labour MPs by saying he could not support the military action, despite the shadow cabinet not reaching an agreed position.

Benn spoke to BBC R4's Today programme this morning, after admitting yesterday there was a "compelling" case for joining coalition airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State militant group in Syria.


Crashed Space X Falcon 9 debris found off Isles of Scilly

Debris, believed to be from a crashed US space rocket, has been found in British waters Credit: MCA

Debris from an American space rocket that exploded just minutes after take-off has reportedly been found floating in the sea off the Isles of Scilly.

According to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency a 10 metre long piece of metal, which had the American flag on it, was recovered from the water near between Bryher and Tresco on Thursday and is "most likely to be the unmanned Space X Falcon 9".

Posting on Facebook the MCA said:

We always say we deal with a wide variety of search and rescue incidents - but it's not often we recover USA space rocket debris.

– MCA Facebook
The rocket debris was found off the Isles of Scilly Credit: MCA

Man held in Germany 'may have supplied Paris gunmen'

A 34-year-old man has been arrested in Stuttgart in Germany on suspicion of arms dealing, but prosecutors have declined to comment on reports he may have supplied guns to the Paris attackers.

A spokesman for the prosecutor in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg told Reuters: "I can confirm that a man is in custody on suspicion of arms trading."

German newspaper Bild reported the man was suspected of supplying the Paris attackers with two AK47s and two assault rifles which were sold online on November 7.

Shadow minister admits rebellion against Corbyn is likely

There will be a rebellion within Labour if party leaders try to whip a vote on the issue of Syria, a shadow minister has admitted.

Emily Thornberry said MPs could not 'stick to a whip' on Syria, if one was imposed Credit: PA

MP Emily Thornberry said there was "brutally honest" debate among MPs at the moment, as they ask their constituents what they believe should happen.

It comes after leader Jeremy Corbyn sparked a furious backlash after revealing he could not back RAF air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria, before the shadow cabinet had reached an agreed position on the issue.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Ms Thornberry said:

We have an open debate, and a brutally honest debate, going on within the Labour Party.

I think there will always be divisions within the political parties, the Conservatives will have their divisions too.

When it comes to an issue of war it is something that people think very profoundly about. We do usually act collectively, but I think on issues like this there are times when people cannot stick to a whip which is imposed.

– Emily Thornberry MP
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