Confirmed: Corbyn Gives Labour MPs Free Vote on Syria


Corbyn has brought his party back from the brink and given them a free vote on bombing ISIS in Syria. Guido understands Corbyn did a ring around this morning trying to get vote delayed. HuffPo say he wants it to take place on Thursday instead of Wednesday. Thursday will be quite a day for the Labour Party…

UPDATE: Confirmation that Corbyn is calling for a two day debate, with a vote on Thursday. The night of the Oldham by-election…

UPDATE II: Corbyn’s spokesman says:

“Today’s Shadow Cabinet agreed to back Jeremy Corbyn’s recommendation of a free vote on the Government’s proposal to authorise UK bombing in Syria. The Shadow Cabinet decided to support the call for David Cameron to step back from the rush to war and hold a full two day debate in the House of Commons on such a crucial national decision.”

So apparently a free vote was Corbyn’s idea all along. Of course it was…

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Dominic Raab wrote in his letter of resignation…

“This is, at its heart, a matter of public trust,” he told the PM, concluding: “I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election… I believe that the regulatory regime proposed for Northern Ireland presents a very real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom. I cannot support an indefinite backstop arrangement, where the EU holds a veto over our ability to exit…”


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