Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire is attending her first Parliamentary debate today after an eight-month absence due to breast cancer.
Thangam, who won the seat for Labour at the election last May, is a former professional musician who still plays the cello in her spare time.
She told us music has helped her recovery from treatment which has seen her undergo an operation to remove a tumour, followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
MPs are preparing to vote on whether to join coalition airstrikes in Syria. David Cameron called a one-day Commons debate which will begin today (Dec 2) and will finish later today around 10pm.
Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP for Bristol East, has written a statement on why she has taken the stance to "vote against air strikes".
You can read her full statement here.
Many constituents have expressed their fears that intervention in Syria would significantly increase the risk of attacks on the UK.
Of course, the security of British citizens is of paramount importance to me as an MP, but it is clear that ISIL and similar groups already pose a substantial threat to us all. The horrific attacks in Paris last month are a reminder of this.
It could easily have taken place on British soil. And of course, we should not forget the deaths of 30 British holidaymakers in Tunisia earlier this year. British intelligence agencies have revealed that seven ISIL plots targeting Britain have been foiled in the last year alone, and that there is a clear connection between the threats we face and ISIL headquarters in Raqqa.
It should also be noted that we are already involved in action against ISIL in Iraq, and are providing support to other countries for action against ISIL in Syria.
Exeter's Labour MP Ben Bradshaw has made his strongest attack so far on the party leader Jeremy Corbyn.Read the full story ›
Exeter's Labour MP Ben Bradshaw has made his strongest attack so far on the party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Asked by Ian Axton about Mr Corbyn's opposition to airstrikes on Syria, Mr Bradshaw described the leader as being on a learning curve and "never having had to make a difficult decision".
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It's after Mr Corbyn said he was “not happy” that armed officers and special forces had an order to kill extremists.
In response Mr Bradshaw tweeted: “Please tell me it’s not true Jeremy has said that faced with Kalashnikov wielding genocidal fascists our security forces should not shoot.”
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Exeter's Labour MP has missed out on the deputy Labour leadership.
Ben Bradshaw was up against four other candidates but failed to make it through the first round. Mr Bradshaw got just over 39,000 votes - which was less than 10%.
It was West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson who went on to become the Labour's party deputy leader.
Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire has made an impassioned call to both the government and public to support refugees fleeing conflict.Read the full story ›
Labour leadership candidate Yvette Cooper is due in Plymouth this lunchtime.
The Shadow Home Secretary will be holding a question and answer session at party headquarters on the Hoe.
Two of the other Labour leadership candidates have already visited the city.
Whilst frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn plans to hold a rally next Friday.