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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
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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.


Victims of contaminated blood scandal fight on

Victims of the contaminated blood scandal - infected by the health service with HIV and Heptatitis - have told Calendar they have again been overlooked by the government, as they continue to fight for a financial settlement.

They need money to help pay for treatment - and were hoping yesterday's spending review might finally move them a step closer to an agreement. But today they have told reporter Michael Billington they are furious that the chancellor's statement made no reference to their plight


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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.

School with healthy eating and exercise on the timetable

Worrying figures show that almost one in every five children in their last year at primary school is obese. The government's figures, which are produced every year, make disturbing reading.

There are more overweight children in deprived areas and one head teacher at a school in our region says there is too much cheap fast food available. Katie Oscroft went to a school in Halifax where healthy eating and exercise is on the timetable.

Concern for missing Tia, 15

Missing: Tia Moss, aged 15

Lincolnshire police say they are 'very concerned' about the disappearance of 15-year-old Tia Moss.

Tia went missing from Grantham yesterday and officers say they are keen to trace her as soon as possible. She is described as slim with long dark red hair and is believed to be wearing leggings and a green parka. It's thought she may be in the Lincoln area.

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