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.
Shadow Cabinet has just broken up. No decision on airstrikes they tell me. Free vote/whipped vote to be decided Monday afternoon
Shadow Cabinet Minister: there was a clear majority in favour of supporting the Prime Minister
ShadowCabinet lasted 90 minutes. They talked about #Syria exclusively. No decision on free vote/whipped vote. Source: 'there was no arguing'
Labour source: 'Shadow Cabinet has got to keep moving towards a decision' <<On whether to decide what to do about airstrikes...
Labour source: we're half way through this meeting to reach a collective decision on airstrikes. The second half will be in Monday
Protesters gathered outside Downing Street to urge MPs to vote down plans to bomb the war-torn country
Divisions within Labour appeared to grow over the question of airstrikes on Syria, as shadow chancellor John McDonnell backed a free vote.
A Labour source reveals the (un)pleasantries at the shadow front bench meeting, including a confrontation between two high-profile members.