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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.


Man with more than 80 convictions is jailed

A Scunthorpe man with more than 80 previous convictions has been jailed for five years. Bradford Crown Court heard Martin Hand, also known as Martin Lache – had 82 previous convictions dating back to 1995, 43 of which were for acquisitive crimes.

Prolific offender Martin Hand Credit: Humberside Police

Hand, who is 34, and from Connaught Road in Scunthorpe, was found guilty at the court of a burglary at an address in Greenwich Close, Scunthorpe, in the early hours of June 10th.

He was also convicted of being in possession of a bladed weapon, after officers arresting him later that day in Connaught Road, found he was carrying a locking craft knife. Humberside Police say they are 'delighted' at the result.

Hand is a prolific offender whose activities have a significant impact on his victims and the wider Scunthorpe community. We are delighted that he has been given a significant custodial sentence and hope this will make him think twice about this kind of offending in the future.

– DC John Biltcliff

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.

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