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Signatures gathered in Sheffield against military action in Syria

Protestors have taken to the streets of Sheffield today opposed to the Prime Minister's plans to win support for a bombing campaign in Syria.

It mirrored similar protests across the country and a large demonstration in London. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has already said he is opposed to any bombing. Martin Fisher has the story.


Six men charged in connection with robbery at Hull bank

Six ?men yesterday arrested in Liverpool in connection with a robbery at a bank in west Hull earlier this week have tonight been charged.

The arrests followed a joint investigation by Humberside, Merseyside and Cheshire police.

The investigation centred on 22 robberies or attempted robberies at banks and post offices in Sefton, Liverpool, Wirral, St Helens, Warrington, Neston and Great Sutton.

A 23rd offence, which happened at a bank in west Hull on Tuesday, November 24, also forms part of the conspiracy to commit robbery charges, which apply to the period September 25, 2009 to November 24, 2015.

The following people will appear before South Sefton Magistrates Court in Bootle tomorrow (Saturday, November 28):

  • • Kieron Anthony Whittle, aged 35, of Little Parkfield Road, Aigburth, L17
  • • John Paul Stewart, aged 30, Waverley Road, Aigburth, L17
  • • Ian John Stewart, aged 48, formerly of Stonegate Drive, Toxteth, L8
  • • Alan Robert Lea, aged 38, of Verney Crescent, Toxteth, L8
  • • Gary Thomas McNeill, aged 35, formerly of Upper Pitt Street, Liverpool city centre, L1
  • • Shaun James McDonald, aged 38, of Charleston Road, Toxteth, L8

A 39-year-old man arrested in Aigburth on Thursday morning on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.


Poll: Do you support British involvement with airstrikes in Syria?

Shadow foreign secretary and Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn has said he will not resign over his backing of airstrikes on Isis in Syria, despite his party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, writing to all Labour MPs setting out his opposition to military action.

Do you support British involvement with airstrikes in Syria?

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Calls for Corbyn to resign over Syria vote revolt

Senior Labour MPs have called for Jeremy Corbyn to resign as tensions within the party rise over whether Britain should join airstrikes on Syria.

It comes after the party leader told MPs in a letter that he could not support military intervention against the so-called Islamic State in the country, sparking a furious backlash from shadow cabinet members who had not yet agreed their position on the matter.

Jeremy Corbyn faces calls to resign Credit: PA

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, former minister John Spellar said Mr Corbyn's behaviour over the vote had been "unacceptable".

It's absolutely right for him to put that view in the shadow cabinet. It's right for them to discuss it.

They thought they were going away to resume that discussion on Monday. He's now trying to pre-empt that and whip up a storm inside the party.

Certainly... they should not resign. They should hold on to those places. If anyone should resign after this incident, it should be Jeremy Corbyn.

– John Spellar, MP for Warley

Another former minister, Fiona Mactaggart, echoed his sentiments - despite saying she was not convinced by the case for bombing either. Speaking to BBC Radio Berkshire, she said:

[Corbyn] hasn't got a strategy to lead the party from where it is to where it needs to be and the people of the country can see that. I think it probably is unsustainable.

I think [quitting] would be a sensible strategy because I think that the division at the moment is causing real problems.

– Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough

Asda avoids 'black Friday' scramble

Leeds-based Asda will not take part in the so called 'black Friday' retail extravaganza today, after the promotion caused chaos in store last year.

Shoppers scrambled for goods this time last year Credit: ITV

It released this statement on its website:

''After listening to you, our customer, this year we have chosen not to take part in just one day of deals as part of the Black Friday flash sales. Instead we're investing in a range of...offers, which are available to you in the lead up to Christmas and into the New Year.''

– Asda spokesman
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