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Britain to vote on Syria strikes this week

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David_Cameron_officialBritish Prime Minister, David Cameron, said the parliament would on Wednesday vote on bombing Syria.

Cameron on Tuesday in London expressed confidence that he could secure approval for the operation after opposition Labour Party allowed its members to vote freely on the issue.

He said that it was time to join other Western powers in bombing Islamic State militants in Syria.

He insisted that Britain could not “subcontract” its security to others after the group claimed responsibility for killing 130 people in Paris in November.

Cameron said that there were growing supports across parliament for the compelling case there is to ‘’answer the call from our allies, to act against ISIL (Islamic State) in Syria and in Iraq’’

Labour’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who was opposed to the action, told MPs that he would allow a ‘’so-called free vote”, breaking with a tradition for leaders to instruct MPs on how to vote on major decisions, to quell a growing rebellion in his party.

Meanwhile, a senior Labour source said Corbyn would still argue that Cameron had yet to meet the conditions set out by the party at its annual conference earlier this year.

He said it included the provision of “clear and unambiguous” UN support for air strikes.

The source, however, said senior Labour lawmakers, including foreign affairs spokesman, Hilary Benn, would argue the case for military action, and against their party leader, without being forced to resign as would usually be the case.


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