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Jeremy Corbyn wants to whip Labour MPs into voting against the Government's proposed airstrikes in Syria, a Labour source has told ITV News.
The position puts the Labour leader at clear odds with "many of his shadow cabinet", who want a whipped vote in favour of the action outlined by David Cameron, the source said.
ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen has tweeted:
Shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn has shown public support for Britain carrying out airstrikes in Syria after a shadow cabinet minister told ITV News a "clear majority" of the shadow cabinet was in favour of backing the Prime Minister's plan.
Mr Benn said there were "compelling arguments" for RAF strikes in Iraq being extended into Syria.
Mr Benn's shadow cabinet colleague Diane Abbot, though, said she was "not sure (air strikes) would make British people safer at all".
Tony Blair has backed David Cameron's plan for airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria and said "many Labour MPs" are also supportive of the Prime Minister.
Speaking to Matt Forde on the comedian's Political Party podcast, the former prime minster said:
A "clear majority" of the shadow cabinet is in favour of supporting the Prime Minister's plan for the UK to begin air strikes against Islamic State in Syria, a shadow cabinet minister has told ITV News.
ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship was told, though, that no decision on a vote on airstrikes was taken after the 90 minute meeting and the group will meet again Monday to conclude discussions.
The Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee Crispin Blunt has backed the Prime Minister's plan for Syria.
David Cameron has set out a seven-point plan for targeting so-called Islamic State.
Mr Blunt was previously sceptical of extending action in Syria but has recently shifted his stance.
The committee has recently been to the region to "gain perspective" on the situation.
He said his personal view is now that the country’s interests would best be served by Britain joining air strikes against Isis.
The committee will discuss its collective view next week.
The Scottish National Party will not vote to back UK air strikes in Syria, the party's Westminster leader Angus Robertson has said.
Mr Robertson said "key questions" remained unanswered, and unless they were answered his party would not vote for military action.
There will not be a Commons vote on UK air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria unless there is a "clear majority" of MPs in favour of action, in order to avoid handing IS a "publicity coup", David Cameron has told the Commons.
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