UK: 67 Labour MPs Defied Corbyn To Vote With Cameron, First Strikes Carried Out By RAF In Syria

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    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.

    Royal Air Force Tornado jets completed their first mission, having hit an Islamic State-controlled oilfield in the east of Syria, the Ministry of Defence said on Thursday.
     
    The attacks came just hours after a House of Commons vote approved the extension of British bombing against IS from Iraq into Syria.
     
    Following the ballot, won by the government 397-223, four Tornado GR4s were deployed from a British air base in Akrotiri, Cyprus, to conduct the strikes.
     
     
     
    Reports from Cyprus suggested that two of the jets returned from the mission missing three Paveway bombs each, and that as many as six targets were hit at the Omar oilfield