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Jeremy Corbyn urged to give Labour MPs free vote on Syria airstrikes

Jeremy Corbyn urged to give Labour MPs free vote on Syria airstrikes

John Woodcock reminds Corbyn of 2013 speech in which he said unwhipped vote was ‘right thing to do’ in cases of armed forces deploymentThe Labour MP John Woodcock has asked Jeremy Corbyn to give MPs “the same individual freedom and responsibility he demanded for himself as a backbencher” after comments by the Labour leader from 2013 emerged calling for a free vote on military action in Syria.Corbyn repeated on Thursday that he would not allow a free vote on extending air strikes from Iraq to Syria, despite calls from backbenchers to allow MPs to vote against party policy. The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, has previously said that the issue of airstrikes in Syria should be left to a free vote “on the basis of conscience”. Continue reading...

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