Last night the Commons approved David Cameron’s plans to launch military strikes against Isis in Syria with a vote of 397 to 223 in favour – a majority of 174.
Jeremy Corbyn opposed to strikes. However 66 Labour MPs voted with the government including Benn – the shadow foreign secretary.
Benn’s closing speech for Labour was greeted with the highly unusual scene of applause across all sides of the Commons.
He told MPs: “We are here faced by fascists – not just their calculated brutality, but their belief that they are superior to every single one of us in this chamber – they hold us in contempt.
“They hold our values in contempt, they hold our belief in tolerance and decency in contempt, they hold our democracy – the means by which we will make our decision tonight – in contempt. But what we know about fascists is that they need to be defeated.”
Meanwhile, RAF Tornado jets have carried out the first British bombing runs. The airstrikes were carried out within hours of a vote by MPs.