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Boris arrives at Tory Conference

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Boris Johnson will arrive at the Tory party conference in Birmingham shortly, ahead of his speech tomorrow.

This year, Mr Johnson will address the conference, not only as the capital's Conservative Mayor, but also as their candidate for the safe seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip at the General Election in May.

Yesterday the Prime Minister described the Mayor as "a star" and admitted he would welcome him back into the Cabinet, once his term at City Hall finishes.


PM calls Boris Johnson "a star"

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On the first day of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, the Prime Minister told the BBC's 'Andrew Marr Show' that he hopes the Mayor would become a Cabinet Minister in the future.

He’s got to finish his term as Mayor of London… I know that’s what he wants to do and I believe you can be a Member of Parliament and Mayor of London and do a very effective job. But once he’s finished that, then he’s a star…. And as I've always said I want to have the stars in the team.

– David Cameron on The Andrew Marr Show, BBC1


Cameron wants Boris in his cabinet: 'He's a star'

"I am unable in conscience to support the motion" says Muslim MP

Bethnal Green and Bow MP, Rushanara Ali Credit: Labour Party

Rushanara Ali said that she shared other MPs' revulsion at the "horrific and barbaric" actions of IS - also known as Isil or Isis - but was concerned that military action would create further bloodshed for the people of Iraq.

The Bethnal Green and Bow MP was appointed a frontbench spokeswoman on education last year, having previously served as shadow minister for international development.

In a letter to Mr Miliband ahead of the vote on Iraq, Ms Ali said:

"I understand the case that has been made and will not be voting against the motion. But I am unable in conscience to support the motion and I will make a deliberate abstention."

Bethnal Green MP resigns over military action in Iraq

Labour Bethnal Green and Bow MP Rushanara Ali has resigned from the party's front bench over plans to join military action in Iraq Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive

Labour MP Rushanara Ali has resigned from the party's front bench in order to abstain in the vote over military action in Iraq.

MPs backed Government plans to join air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq by 524 to 43, majority 481, after more than six hours of debate in an emergency recall of Parliament this afternoon.

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