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McDonnell: Syria vote defeat would not be damaging

John McDonnell has denied it would be damaging to Jeremy Corbyn's leadership if Labour MPs opposed him in a Commons vote on airstrikes in Syria.

Reiterating his call for a free vote on the issue, the shadow chancellor told ITV News' Lewis Vaughan Jones he wanted MPs of all parties to be given freedom to vote as they wish on the matter.

He added that Mr Corbyn would decide tomorrow whether to whip his MPs on the vote, which the government is hoping to hold as early as this week.

A number of Labour MPs have indicated that they will back extending airstrikes across the Syrian border, a move Mr Corbyn says may exacerbate the problem of Islamic extremism.



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