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North East rebel MPs vote against air strikes

A handful of North East Labour MPs have voted against British military involvement in Iraq.

Government plans to join air strikes against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq were backed in a commons ballot by 524 votes to 43.

Amongst those who voted no were Easington MP Grahame Morris, Ronnie Campbell, who represents Blythe Valley, and Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn.

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Northumberland MP votes 'No' in air strikes debate

Ronald Campbell, who represents Blyth Valley Credit: PA

Ronald Campbell, who represents Blyth Valley, voted no in today's debate over plans to join air strikes against Islamic State (IS).

The debate, which lasted more than six hours, ended with an overwhelming yes vote of 524, leaving a majority of 481.

Ronald Campbell is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Blyth Valley since 1987. He was one of the 43 who voted no.

Newcastle MP 'really sorry' as Labour MP resigns

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

She served as the shadow education minister and will continue to be the MP for Bethnal Green and Bow.

Her decision follows MPs voting to back Government plans to join air strikes against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq after more than six hours of debate in an emergency recall of Parliament.

The front benches of the three main parties united over the proposals, which could see the first RAF strikes within hours, and Prime Minister David Cameron's motion was carried 524 to 43, majority 481.

Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle Central, has tweeted her consolation to Rushanara Ali, saying it was "a tough decision with no right answer".

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Iraqi students protest against terrorism

Iraqi students protest against terrorism as extremist group ISIS stage insurgency in their home country Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Iraqi students are protesting in Newcastle today against terrorism in their home country.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIS, has been outlawed by the UK under its terrorism laws.

The al Qaida-inspired extremist group are behind an ongoing and bloody insurgency in Iraq.

Iraqi students in Newcastle to stage protest

Soldiers from the jihadist group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). Credit: PA

Iraqi students in Newcastle will be protesting in the city today after the recent turmoil in their country. Soldiers from the jihadist group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) have taken over several key Iraqi town in recent weeks.

The protest is due to start at 11am today (Saturday 21 June).

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