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Tuesday, 01 December 2015 - 9:35
Jeremy Corbyn discusses Syrian air strikes with shadow cabinet
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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is meeting his shadow cabinet amid splits over whether to back air strikes in Syria.

Mr Corbyn is reported to be offering his MPs a free vote on whether to back strikes, which he opposes.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell had urged him to offer a free vote, but his ally Diane Abbott said MPs should be instructed to vote with the leadership.

Ahead of the shadow cabinet meeting, Labour said 75% of party members it polled had opposed bombing.

The government is attempting to persuade MPs to back extending UK air strikes aimed at so-called Islamic State into Syria.

David Cameron says he will hold a vote on air strikes only if certain he has the clear support of the Commons, saying losing the vote would hand the Islamic State group a propaganda victory.

Mr Corbyn has written to Mr Cameron asking for a two-day debate to take place ahead of the vote.

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