Miliband: MPs can't write a blank cheque to the PM

Labour leader Ed Miliband has defended his refusal to endorse military strikes on Syria, days after appearing to publicly support punishing the Assad regime for allegedly using chemical weapons.

Mr Miliband said MPs must wait for UN weapons inspectors to file their report before making a decision, accusing David Cameron of pushing an "artificial timetable" for action.

"We can't have the House of Commons being asked to write a blank cheque to the Prime Minister for military action," he said.