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'Positive reasons' for free vote on Syria says Shadow minister

A member of Labour's Shadow Cabinet has rejected claims that the party's leadership has mishandled its position on military action in Syria.

There has been intense criticism of Jeremy Corbyn for writing to Labour MPs setting out his position before the Shadow Cabinet had reached an agreement.

He'd also earlier indicated that he wouldn't allow a free vote - where MPs vote according to their own conscience rather than following the party whip - when parliament decides whether or not to back action.

But speaking on a visit to the National Assembly in Cardiff, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Seema Malhotra, said that it had been 'a really important way to have this conversation.'

And she told Political Editor Adrian Masters that 'there are many positive arguments' for giving Labour MPs a free vote.


Government to host summit on refugee crisis

First Minister Carwyn Jones is holding a summit today to discuss how Wales can play a part in resettling refugees.

Over recent weeks, hundreds of thousands of people have fled war-torn Syria - many risking their lives on dangerous journeys to enter Europe.

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Hundreds of people gathered in Cardiff at the weekend to show their support to refugees.

Many there used the opportunity to call for the UK Government to do more following the announcement they will take 20,000 refugees before 2020.

Carwyn Jones will be joined by a number of charities including the Welsh Refugee Council and British Red Cross. The Government says the discussion will be about developing the most effective response to the crisis.


  1. Richard Morgan

Young people 'risking lives' by travelling to Syria

Welsh anti-terror police have voiced concern over the rising number of young people risking their lives by travelling to war-torn Syria.

It's feared more British citizens are making the journey to fight for rebel forces in the country - with some dying as a result.

Today they appealed for women in the communities affected to contact them if relatives are thinking about travelling to the country.

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Govt 'very concerned' about threat from Syria conflict

Prime Minister David Cameron said the Government was "very concerned" about the terror threat posed by the conflict in Syria.

Prime Minister David Cameron. Credit: Jeff Moore/Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

His comments come as a national campaign to urge British Muslim women to warn their husbands and sons against travelling to Syria has been launched.

Mr Cameron said: "We are very concerned as a Government and as a country about the threat of terrorism coming out of Syria. What we are doing is trying to prevent people from travelling there.

"And people can help: if you know someone who is in danger of being radicalised, with radical views, and is thinking of travelling to Syria, then the best thing to do is to talk to the police, talk to the authorities so that we can help you to stop that from happening."

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UK police chiefs release Syrian travel warning

The Association of Police Chiefs has released a document giving information and advice on travel to Syria. This comes on the day a national campaign is launched to stop would-be British terrorists visiting Syria.

The MET police document outlined terrorism risks, what could happen to you if you visited Syria, what the UK government is doing to help Syrians and how you help the Syrian people.

Some of the points outlined in the document are as follows:

  • Families may face ransom demands.
  • Assad uses the presence of UK nationals in Syria to support claims that his regime is fighting foreign terrorists.
  • If you travel for humanitarian reasons, you are very likely to come into contact with terrorist groups and you may get drawn into their activities.

Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing Helen Ball will be hosting a live webchat on the MET website at 2pm.

Number of young people travelling to Syria 'worrying'

Police have described the number of people from Wales travelling to Syria as "worrying".

Assistant Chief Constable Liane James, from South Wales Police, told ITV News: "We need to safeguard the young children of Wales."

The number of people travelling to Syria from the UK is judged to be in the low hundreds. Today a campaign has been launched to make people aware of the dangers and let them know how they can help safely and legally.

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