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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Jeremy Corbyn wants to whip Labour MPs into voting against the Government's proposed airstrikes in Syria, a Labour source has told ITV News.
The position puts the Labour leader at clear odds with "many of his shadow cabinet", who want a whipped vote in favour of the action outlined by David Cameron, the source said.
ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen has tweeted:
Labour source: Corbyn still wants a whipped vote AGAINST military action. Many of Shad Cab want a whipped vote IN FAVOUR of military action.
Labour source: Shad Cab believe the bar set by Conference motion on Syria was high but has been met.
Labour source; Free vote is the sensible option 'but just because something is the sensible option doesn't mean the leadership will take it'
Jeremy Corbyn faces strong opposition from within his shadow cabinet in a bid to see Labour oppose David Cameron's proposed action in Syria.Read the full story ›
Shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn has shown public support for Britain carrying out airstrikes in Syria after a shadow cabinet minister told ITV News a "clear majority" of the shadow cabinet was in favour of backing the Prime Minister's plan.
Mr Benn said there were "compelling arguments" for RAF strikes in Iraq being extended into Syria.
We are trying to make life difficult for Isil/Daesh in Syria and I think there's a very strong case for us playing our full part in doing that, given that we are currently flying missions, providing intelligence and refuelling to others who are participating.
I think our allies look to us - particularly the French, after the grievous blow they have suffered in Paris - and they want to feel we are with them in solidarity, and I think we should be.
Mr Benn's shadow cabinet colleague Diane Abbot, though, said she was "not sure (air strikes) would make British people safer at all".
Tony Blair has backed David Cameron's plan for airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria and said "many Labour MPs" are also supportive of the Prime Minister.
Speaking to Matt Forde on the comedian's Political Party podcast, the former prime minster said:
I think it's important that we take strong action against Isis and take that action against them where they are headquartered, which is in Syria, so obviously I would support that.
But this is going to be a long hard struggle, not just against Isis in Syria, but you have got Isis, you have got Jabhat al-Nusra, you've got al-Qaida, you've got al-Shabaab, you've got Boko Haram, you've got these groups that have proliferated all over the world.
This is the biggest security challenge of the 21st century and it's going to take a long time to defeat it and you have to defeat a number of different levels.
A "clear majority" of the shadow cabinet is in favour of supporting the Prime Minister's plan for the UK to begin air strikes against Islamic State in Syria, a shadow cabinet minister has told ITV News.
ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship was told, though, that no decision on a vote on airstrikes was taken after the 90 minute meeting and the group will meet again Monday to conclude discussions.
Shadow Cabinet has just broken up. No decision on airstrikes they tell me. Free vote/whipped vote to be decided Monday afternoon
Shadow Cabinet Minister: there was a clear majority in favour of supporting the Prime Minister
ShadowCabinet lasted 90 minutes. They talked about #Syria exclusively. No decision on free vote/whipped vote. Source: 'there was no arguing'
Labour source: 'Shadow Cabinet has got to keep moving towards a decision' <<On whether to decide what to do about airstrikes...
Labour source: we're half way through this meeting to reach a collective decision on airstrikes. The second half will be in Monday
Russia may impose a series of economic sanctions in retaliation for Turkey shooting down one its warplanes.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered his government to draw up measures that would include freezing some joint investment projects and restrictions on food imports from Turkey.
Other sanctions may include restrictions on the planned TurkSteam gas pipeline, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said.
Commercial flights, tourism and preparations for a free trade zone between the two countries may also be curtailed, Mr Ulyukayev warned.
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