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    UK Labour Party Leader to Offer 'Free Vote' in Syria Airstrikes

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    Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of UK Labour party, will make clear that the party's official policy is to oppose military action, but he will not impose a whip ordering them to vote against, according to a source in Labour Party.

    LONDON (Sputnik) – The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party will offer fellow lawmakers a free vote to decide on airstrikes against the Islamic State jihadist group (ISIL or Daesh in Arabic), a senior party source told local media on Monday.

    "It is understood [Jeremy] Corbyn will make clear that the party's official policy is to oppose military action, but he will not impose a whip ordering them to vote against," Sky News cited the senior Labour official as saying.

    The broadcaster said Corbyn, in a written statement to Prime Minister David Cameron, urged a two-day debate in the House of Commons ahead of the vote.

    Cameron, who set out an extensive case in favor of anti-Daesh airstrikes to the UK Parliament last week, is expected to order the Royal Air Force to target the militant group "within hours" of a parliamentary vote.

    British lawmakers are expected to vote on the airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday.


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