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Corbyn cancels by-election trip amid Labour row over Syria

Jeremy Corbyn is at odds with his shadow cabinet over Syria airstrikes. Credit: PA

Jeremy Corbyn has cancelled a trip to Oldham to campaign in a by-election amid a shadow cabinet revolt over airstrikes on Syria.

The Labour leader was due to travel to the Oldham West constituency on Friday to support Jim McMahon ahead of next week's by-election.

As recently as early on Thursday evening, Mr Corbyn tweeted that he was looking forward to the visit.

However, a spokeswoman for the Labour leader has now said: "Regrettably Jeremy Corbyn is not now visiting Oldham because matters to do with Syria mean he must return to London."

Mr Corbyn is at odds with top team after coming out and saying 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.


Turkey 'to help calm tensions' after Russian jet downed

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said his country is trying to calm tensions. Credit: PA

Turkey will work with Russia to calm tensions after a Russian jet was shot down near the Syrian border, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said.

The Turkish leader said discussions were taking place following the incident on Tuesday, which has plunged Ankara's relations with Moscow to their worst in recent memory.

Writing in The Times newspaper, Davutoglu said: "The necessary discussions are now taking place.

"While the measures to defend our territory will remain in place, Turkey will work with Russia and our allies to calm tensions."


Diane Abbott: PM not made strong case for Syria airstrikes

Diane Abbott, the shadow international development secretary, has said that she does not believe that the prime minister has made a strong case for airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria.

She told ITV News that was not convinced that David Cameron had shown that military action in the war-torn country would make Britain safer.

The Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington said it had been known for months that some Labour MPs supported airstrikes, but that the question was how the majority of MPs would vote when they saw the evidence.

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