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Bristol Labour MP to vote against air strikes in Syria

Kerry was elected as the Labour Member of Parliament for Bristol East in May 2005 Credit: PA Gareth Fuller

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.

– Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP for Bristol East

UKIP leader visiting Gloucester for 'Say No to the EU'

The UKIP leader Nigel Farage is due in Gloucester later Credit: PA: Anna Gowthorpe

The UKIP leader Nigel Farage is due in Gloucester later on his "Say No to the EU" tour of the country.

Mr Farage is holding a public meeting on the planned referendum at the GL1 leisure centre this evening.

He hopes to gather support for the party's campaign for the UK to leave the European Union.

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Greens not surprised by Euro success in South West

Green Party candidate Molly Scott Cato says she isn't surprised by their success in the European elections.

The lead candidate from Stroud has been a member of the Greens for 23 years.

The party picked up its first ever European seat in the South West this weekend. They came in fourth place ahead of the Lib Dems nationally.

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'Laughter and tears' at Benn funeral service

Tony Benn's funeral service has now ended, following tributes from his family.

A number of attendees have tweeted following the ceremony:

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Politicians across the divide arrive for Benn funeral

Tony Benn's coffin is carried in by members of his family, including his son Hillary, a serving MP. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Figures from across political divide have arrived in Westminster for the funeral service of Tony Benn.

Mr Benn's coffin arrived at St Margaret's Church to applause and some tears as politicians and activists made up the amassed crowds.

Arthur Scargill is pictured in a rare public appearance. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Arthur Scargill, Rory Bremner, Lord Heseltine, Gerry Adams and Andrew Mitchell are among those at the ceremony, ITV News' Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports.

Lord Heseltine was among the mourners. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Labour leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine make their way to the service. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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Tony Benn funeral: Crowds pay tribute to 'one-off MP'

Devoted crowds are waiting outside in Westminster as the funeral service of former Labour cabinet minister Tony Benn gets underway.

One banner describes the left-wing MP as "truly irreplacable", while another calls him "our Tony Benn".

One poster reads "his truth goes marching on". Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Another describes Mr Benn as "a one off MP". Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
The Durham Miners Association hoist a flag in Benn's honour. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
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