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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.


Shadow minister says 'people will walk' over Corbyn letter

A shadow minister has told ITV News members of Jeremy Corbyn's front bench team will quit after he surprised them by sending a letter to Labour MPs detailing his personal opposition to the PM's plans for airstrikes in Syria.

A Labour source also told ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship shadow ministers Diane Abbott and Lucy Powell had argued at the meeting of the shadow cabinet to discuss David Cameron's military proposals.

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